Martin awarded grant for splash pad

Martin awarded grant for splash pad

Nashville – Governor Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke Wednesday announced more than $3.5 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants will be awarded to recipients across Tennessee.
In Weakley County, the city of Martin will receive $100,000 to develop a mini park at Martin Festival Park, in addition to constructing an ADA-accessible spray fountain and installing pedestrian lighting and park benches.  
“We’re very glad to have this grant,” Martin Mayor Randy Brundige commented Wednesday.
The grant award is a part of a two-phase process. The next step is to have a grant presentation and determine the appraisal of the property. This is a 50/50 match grant and the property value would serve as the city’s required match portion.
“Recreational facilities are set aside for the enjoyment of our state’s citizens and visitors alike,” said Bredesen.
“These grants will enhance and expand outstanding recreational projects like parks, community centers, ballfields and playgrounds.  I’m pleased we are in a position to grant these 50 awards and thank the Tennessee General Assembly for helping make this effort possible.”  
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.
“These investments in our local communities help improve the quality of life for all Tennesseans,” said Fyke.  
“This round of awards will fund exciting projects across the state. From land acquisitions for new municipal parks, to renovating and improving existing facilities, LPRF grants help expand recreational opportunities for Tennessee citizens.”
Senator Roy Herron and Representative Mark Maddox represent Weakley County in the General Assembly.  
“Tennesseans’ quality of life is directly linked to the quality of their parks and outdoor spaces,” said Senator Herron.  
“I’m pleased these grants will help improve the quality of our recreational spaces in Weakley County and across the state of Tennessee.”  
“These projects will help make the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy,” added Representative Maddox.  
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. 

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