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Haslam Awards $6.6 Million in Parks and Recreation Grants

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 | 05:18am

42 Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants Announced Today

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced more than $6.6 million to fund local parks and recreation projects across Tennessee.

“Maintaining and improving our parks and recreation areas helps provide healthy ways for Tennesseans to get out and enjoy their neighborhoods and communities,” Haslam said. “We want to continue to make our state an even better place to live, work and raise a family, and projects like these are key to making that a reality.”

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. 

“We are proud to help fund projects across the state that will directly impact the amount of recreational opportunities and the quality of recreational opportunities for Tennesseans,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “From reconstructing playgrounds to acquiring land for future parks, funding these projects will hopefully encourage Tennesseans to get out and enjoy the many recreational options we have here in Tennessee.”

Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need. To learn more about the LPRF grant program and other recreation or conservation-based grant programs available in the future, please visit www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants.shtml

Below is a complete list of the LPRF grants awarded this year.   

County

Recipient Organization

Grant Amount

Brief Project Description

Bedford

City of Shelbyville

34,000.00

Demolish a 50-year old pavilion shelter and construct a new 28' x 40' ADA compliant pavilion shelter on concrete foundation. Update electrical and lighting.

Blount

City of Maryville

250,000.00

John Sevier Pool renovation

Campbell

City of LaFollette

128,000.00

Liberty Park - conversion of one tennis court into a skate park facility; Dr. Lee Sergeant Park - removal of old existing playground and replace with play structures and surface material.

Carroll

Carroll County Watershed Authority

250,000.00

Construct RV park with pad parking, an ADA accessible bath house, ADA parking for bathhouse and a gravel loop, trash receptacles, and picnic tables.

Carroll

City of McKenzie

250,000.00

Splash Pad

Decatur

Decatur County

250,000.00

Install a 100' x 300' arena cover over existing outdoor riding area

Dickson

Town of White Bluff

250,000.00

Construction of an amphitheater with an ADA accessible walkway, add ADA accessible parking

Franklin

City of Decherd

80,000.00

Replace the Babe Ruth ball field lights in the John L. Sanders Park

Giles

City of Pulaski

208,000.00

Replace ball field lights, fencing, bleachers; make improvements to concession stand/restroom facility

Grainger

City of Blaine

20,000.00

Purchase of portable building for supplies, upgrading restrooms to ADA requirements, resurfacing the in-field, purchasing new playground equipment and picnic tables.

Greene

City of Greeneville

125,000.00

Splash park will replace an existing swimming pool and will consist of numerous water features.

Hamilton

City of East Ridge

100,000.00

Construct tennis courts, basketball court, dog park, walking trail, restroom facilities

Hamilton

Hamilton County

230,000.00

Construct 12' wide horse trails, parking area, ADA waterless restroom

Hardeman

City of Bolivar

60,000.00

Acquisition of the former Boat Dock Restaurant on Hwy 18 in Bolivar along with 3 acres that sit along the Hatchie River to be developed into a park and nature center

Hardin

Hardin County/ City of Savannah

250,000.00

Removal of existing poles and fixtures, underground wiring and electrical panel upgrades to accommodate new energy efficient lights

Hawkins

Town of Church Hill

183,000.00

Purchase of 65 acres of land for future park

Henderson

City of Lexington

245,000.00

Replace existing pool with smaller commercial grad pool and include new filtration system with energy efficient pumps. Replace children's pool with new 500 square-foot splash pad

Knox

Town of Farragut

43,000.00

Mayor Bob Leonard Park - Reconstruction of the playground including a new playground structure, ADA approved playground surface and installation of LED lighting.

Lauderdale

Town of Halls

185,000.00

Crichfield Park - ADA compliant concessions and restroom building, playground and safety surfacing. Kevan Ward Park - new playground and safety surfacing

Lawrence

City of Lawrenceburg

101,000.00

Make all facilities ADA accessible adding proper signage and security fencing

Lawrence

City of Loretto

125,000.00

Construct a 30' x 65' swimming pool

Lincoln

City of Fayetteville

70,000.00

Lion's Club includes a dog park and ADA accessible parking. Kiwanis Park includes rehabilitation of existing restroom/pavilion, ADA parking and walkways

Loudon

City of Lenoir City

250,000.00

Development of a park including excavation, site clearing, addition of utilities to site, fully accessible playground with resilient surfacing, fencing, ADA access way from parking to playground, restroom, parking area, open space area, landscaping, benches

Marion

City of Whitwell

34,000.00

Purchase and installation of a custom designed consolidated play system, HIC tested engineered wood fiber, curbing and ADA accessibility

Marshall

City of Lewisburg

50,000.00

Renovate outdoor concrete public pool. Remove existing PVC membrane, prepare and replace with new PVC membrane system

McMinn

Town of Englewood

50,000.00

Equipment upgrades and improvements to the Englewood public pool, ADA accessibility enhancements

McMinn

City of Etowah

50,000.00

Addition of a splash pad feature and ADA hard surface trail access

McMinn

City of Niota

25,000.00

Replace aging playground equipment with new play system, engineered wood fiber for ground surface cover and implement ADA site improvements

McNairy

Town of Selmer

236,000.00

Construction of 2 parking lots with ADA parking, flood proof ADA accessible restroom facility, splash pad

Overton

Town of Livingston

250,000.00

Create a 2-acre park containing a playground, splash pad, restroom facility, parking lot, vendor area, walking path, decorative lighting and fencing, picnic tables and benches

Overton

Overton County

32,000.00

Build a basketball court, replace seesaw and merry-go-round, install ADA compliant surfacing throughout playground area, construct ADA compliant parking and paths connecting various activities, ADA compliant picnic tables and charcoal grills

Rhea

City of Dayton

189,000.00

Delaware Avenue Complex - Resurface six tennis courts, pave parking area, improve handicap accessibility; Cedar Point Park - Repair damaged pavilions; Point Park Walking Track-remove roots and repave trail

Roane

City of Kingston

250,000.00

Construction of a new ballfield with dugouts, bleachers, soccer fields, playground, restroom facilities, basketball court, parking facilities and walkways

Rutherford

Town of Smyrna

250,000.00

Planning and construction of a neighborhood park including playground, walking trails, shelter, restroom facility, picnic table, benches and associated parking areas. Park will also serve as a trailhead

Sevier

City of Gatlinburg

98,000.00

Mills Park - ADA compliant playground for 5-12 year old children; Installation of new lights for the track/football field

Shelby

Town of Arlington

250,000.00

Construction of athletic fields including grading, stabilizing, sewer, water, driveway and parking

Shelby

Town of Collierville

250,000.00

Phase I includes a .58 mile trail composed of 10' wide asphalt trail and 10' wide raised boardwalk, 2 pedestrian bridges, an observation deck for wildlife viewing and educational opportunities, and a small trailhead with 4 parking spaces and trail entrance signage

Shelby

City of Germantown

208,000.00

Hay barn pavilion

Smith

Smith County

60,000.00

Renovation of basketball and tennis courts, replace lighting, resurface and restripe court surfaces, replace fencing, add two aluminum benches, new tennis net, new concrete walkway, pave parking lot, add new ADA access parking

Union

City of Luttrell

100,000.00

Addition of a new parking lot, extension of a walking trail, lighting, resurface existing walking trail

Washington

City of Johnson City

250,000.00

Playground equipment and a splash pad, custom-fabricated trees

Wayne

City of Clifton

183,000.00

A splash pad for Clifton River Park

 

 

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