Towns receive grants

Towns receive grants

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 9:11 pm

Gov. Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced Wednesday more than $3.5 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants will be awarded to recipients across Tennessee.
In Obion County, the town of Hornbeak will receive $17,000 to install a play structure unit, bench, wood chips and a railroad tie border at Hornbeak City Park. An additional $17,000 will be awarded to the town of Obion to develop a playground and place wood chips and a railroad tie border at Obion Indian Park.
“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.”
Sen. Roy Herron and Rep. Judy Barker represent Obion County in the General Assembly.
“Tennesseans’ quality of life is directly linked to the quality of their parks and outdoor spaces,” said Sen. Herron. “I’m pleased these grants will help improve the quality of our recreational spaces in Obion County and across the state of Tennessee.”
“These projects will help make the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy,” added Rep. Barker.
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, visit www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants.shtml.
A complete list of the grants announced is available on the department’s website at https://news.tennesseeanytime.org/node/6037.

Published in The Messenger 10.01.10

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