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House, windmill return to park

BY CARRIE DILLARD cdillard@paducahsun.com

Both the Duck House and windmill were returned to Duck Island Tuesday in Noble Park Lake.

The house was renovated by members of Boy Scout Troop 4, led by Scout Sam Kern as an Eagle Scout project. The windmill, which now spins, was renovated by parks maintenance staff, said Parks Services Director Mark Thompson.

Thompson updated the Paducah City Commission Tuesday regarding the Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Project, which is underway.

YEC, Inc. of Mayfield has installed 665 linear feet of metal sheet piling around the southern portion of the lake, where dirt was openly sliding into the water due to erosion. Thompson said the contractor is currently constructing new sidewalks.

After the bank stabilization process started in early July, an existing concrete wall, previously hidden from sight under the water, was discovered and was used as a foundation to rebuild the island.

The island appears bigger now in part because the lake levels have been lowered but also because of its deteriorated state before construction began, explained Pam Spencer, the city's public information officer. Once this phase of the project is complete, the water levels will return to normal, she noted.

Thompson began researching the island and found that its original name was Mouhry Island.

If anyone knows more information about the origin of the island's name, please contact Thompson at mthompson@paducahky.gov or at 270-444-8508.

Thompson presented the commission with another unusual find concerning Noble Park on Tuesday. He was given a bronze plaque that was found by David Langston at Paducah Radiator. Thompson said Langston was not sure how he came to have the plaque.  It reads, "Constructed in Cooperation with the Works Progress Administration in Kentucky 1938."

Thompson said it was long since thought that the facilities at Noble Park were completed in 1938 as part of a WPA project and it is believed that the plaque was once located in Noble Park. 

The plaque will be mounted again somewhere in Noble Park in the near future, Thompson said.

Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.

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