John Prine Memorial Park and Rochester Dam

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As I write this our area is in desperate need of rain and this looks like the week we will get it. But it’s hard to argue with the weather we’ve had since fall announced its arrival last month.

Sunday – as beautiful a day as ever – it was time to hit the dual carriageways and explore, and that’s exactly what we did. And after crossing the Green River on the ferry from Rochester, we found John Prine Memorial Park in as perfect a location as you can imagine.

JOHN PRINE MEMORIAL PARK

This incredible picnic area is right on the river and where visitors can enjoy miniature Niagara Falls of the Tri-States, Rochester Dam. I had always known it was there, but it was my first visit; it won’t be my last.

But the park is a new addition and honors an icon and former Muhlenberg County resident who died in 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.

THE DEDICATION OF THE JOHN PRINE MEMORIAL PARK IN MUHLENBERG COUNTY

It’s only been a month since John Prine Memorial Park opened, and it lines up perfectly with Prine’s signature song “Paradise,” which corrects a common misconception about the legendary singer. These are Prine’s PARENTS who were born here; John was born in Illinois. But his lasting ties to Muhlenberg County made him a de facto native son, and Prine ALWAYS enjoyed writing about it.

Here is Governor Andy Beshear’s official acclamation dedicating the park:

INCREDIBLE FALL PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AWAITS YOU AT THE JOHN PRINE MEMORIAL PARK

We ended up spending more than an hour there, an hour that passed quite quickly. You can actually go down and relax right next to the green river on beautiful rock formations.

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Dave Spencer/Townsquare Media

Dave Spencer/Townsquare Media

Dave Spencer/Townsquare Media

Talk about a perfect fall afternoon. And what a great way to honor a local icon. Prine’s widow, Fiona, told WBKO-Bowling Green she looks forward to joining the rest of her family on visits to the roadside park.

So you could meet her on your next visit. You might also bump into me. I will absolutely return.

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