Lyles retires from Greenbo State Park

By Portia Williams

October 31, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

GREENUP, Ky. — Trailblazer Cary Q. Lyle is retiring as Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Manager after 26 years of public service.

“My last day at my job as Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Manager is Oct. 31, 2013 as Commissioner Walker announced for me earlier this month that I had announced my retirement,” Lyle said.

Lyle said he has enjoyed working in a capacity which allowed him to serve the public.

“Over a quarter of a century working serving our public in a vast many ways the last decade plus was my dream job serving as the resort manager here at the gorgeous place,” Lyle said.

In addition to himself, Lyle said Greenbo State Park has inspired many throughout the years such as Jesse Stuart and Billy Ray Cyrus.

He said he is proud of the work that he was able to accomplish at Greenbo.

“One of the biggest highlights of my career is getting the county and the state to work together and make the park the best it can be. We set the precedent working with county government to get some things done at the park that had never been done.”

Lyle is referring to the building of the Amphitheater, the expansion of the trail systems, the Scuba Drive Refuge, and the construction of the Horse Camp.

Lyle said he was very fortunate to work in the position at Greenbo Lake.

“I have been very blessed being able to serve our public here at Greenbo Lake and I plan on continuing to assist as much as I can through the Friends of Greenbo Lake and our tourism commission to continue to make Greenbo Lake and our community all it can be for our children and our children’s children.”

He said he is appreciative of the community support in the Greenbo Lake endeavors.

“I want to thank our community for without the assistance of our community we would not have achieved the things we did achieve under my tenure. Parks are only as strong as the community support they receive and Greenbo Lake’s is second to none and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Lyle said he is ready for the next chapter in his life.

“This has been an opportunity of a lifetime to be blessed with what God has given me, they say you know when it is time and I can tell you that is very true, it is time for me to turn the page to the next chapter and I am so very excited,” Lyle said.

Lyle said he knows his father, who is deceased, would be proud of his tenure and retirement from Greenbo Lake State Park.

“Take the high road son, always take the high road. His biggest wish for me was to retire from my job as serving the public from Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, I know he will be smiling down upon me these last few days,” Lyle said.

He said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. One of his post-retirement pursuits includes working as a referee in college sports.

“I am going to referee NCAA College Basketball, baseball, and football in the near future. I am going to keep all of my options open, and see what the good Lord has in store for me.”

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.