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Haslam awards $6.9 million in parks and recreation grants

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NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced Thursday a total of $6.9 million in local parks and recreation fund grants to 50 recipients across the state of Tennessee. 

"Our quality of life is directly linked to the quality of our parks and outdoor spaces," Haslam said. "Recreational facilities are important not only to Tennesseans but for the many visitors we attract to our state each year. I've had the opportunity to visit several of these communities throughout the last few weeks and I am pleased to be in a position to provide funding for the benefit of all Tennesseans."

The Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant program was established by the General Assembly in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities.

The funds also may be used for development of trails and projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient. The Governor proposed, and the General Assembly approved, re-establishing the LPRF grant program in this year's budget using a portion of the Real Estate Transfer Tax.

"Gov. Haslam's proposal and the General Assembly's approval to restore these funds helps local communities purchase lands for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities," said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.  "These grants are specifically designed to help local communities improve their green spaces, making the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy." 

A complete list of the grants announced today follows and can be found on the department's website at www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants_LPRF.html

Regional Highlights:

  • Cleveland -- $250,000 for Mosby Park to replace pool; renovate restroom to make ADA compliant; and renovations to pool equipment room and concessions stand. 
  • Charleston -- $75,000 for Charleston City Park to include the installation of new playground equipment and play surface; grading/paving of a parking lot; widening walking track; and upgrading restrooms to meet ADA standards.
  • Hamilton County -- $250,000 for the Tennessee Riverpark to help in land acquisition for the expansion of the River Walk.
  • Lookout Mountain -- $100,000 for the Town Commons Recreation Area to cover repairs to three tennis courts and the Navarre pavilion.
  • Soddy-Daisy -- $185,000 for Holly Park to pay for the development of 1.5 miles of an ADA-compliant, multi-use paved trail; 1.5 miles of a single-use trail; one additional ADA- compliant restroom; three picnic pavilions; three blueway soft-launch areas; and more than five miles of blueway trails.
  • Kimball -- $158,000 for Kimball Park to include improvements including softball field lighting; covering eight dugouts; two new scoreboards; a pavilion with picnic tables; a batting caging; and playground.
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