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Roane County Park is the recipient of a $50,000 state grant to remove and replace existing playground equipment with ADA-compliant equipment.
“Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. “This grant will update our equipment and help ensure that all children
have access to the playground.”
Roane County Park was among 50 recipients across the state that received part of $6.9 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants.
“Our quality of life is directly linked to the quality of our parks and outdoor spaces,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
“Recreational facilities are important not only to Tennesseans but for the many visitors we attract to our state each year.”
Also included among the grant recipients is the town of Oliver Springs.
“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,” said Haslam, who recently traveled to Oliver Springs to award the $100,000 in grant funds for Carmichael and Arrowhead parks.
Funds for Carmichael Park will be used to construct an access road and parking lot, the addition of a large pavilion and a new playground.
Arrowhead Park grant monies will be used for upgrades and expansions, including the addition of a large pavilion, removing old tennis courts to create a new playground area, and refurbishing and converting tennis courts into a new basketball court facility.
“I was happy to support these grants because local parks and recreation opportunities provide families with free, wholesome recreation opportunities,” Yager said.
“I want to thank our local officials who submitted the successful application and who were instrumental in helping secure these funds.”
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 Local Parks grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.
Haslam proposed, and the General Assembly approved, re-establishing the grant program in this year’s budget using a portion of the state’s 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.”
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.
Visit www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants.shtml for more about the Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant program and other recreation or conservation-based grant programs available in the future.