Bredesen Awards $11.3 Million In Parks And Recreation Grants

Sunday, August 06, 2006 | 7:00pm

87 Local Parks and Recreation Grants, Recreation Trails Program Grants and Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants announced today

Nashville, Tenn. – Governor Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke today announced more than $11.3 million in parks and recreation grants will be awarded to recipients across Tennessee. The announcement includes approximately $8.7 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants, more than $2 million in Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grants, and $480,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.

“These grants will enhance and expand special places like parks, greenways and recreational facilities that are set aside for the enjoyment of our state’s citizens and visitors alike,” said Bredesen. “I’m extremely pleased that this year’s grant awards will allow us to help make 87 important projects a reality across the State of Tennessee.”

The Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant Program was established in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities. The funds may also 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 Recreation Trails Program is a federally funded program established to distribute fund for motorized, non-motorized and diverse recreation trail projects. The funds are available to state, federal and local government agencies as well as private organizations that partner with government agencies. RTP funds may be used for maintenance, construction, acquisition, development and rehabilitation of trails. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent, so all RTP grant recipients must provide a 20 percent match.

The LWCF Grant Program was enacted by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 and provides matching grants through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. LWCF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.

“These awards will help fund some very exciting projects,” said Fyke. “From the acquisition of property for the development of new municipal parks to the renovation of recreational facilities to make them ADA compliant to the construction of new athletic fields and walking trails, these projects run the gamut of recreational opportunities for Tennesseans and will be great assets to their communities.”

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. Mandatory regional workshops will be held for grant recipients in September 2006.

A complete list of the grants awards announced today follows.

County* = multi-county Grant Type Name of the Recipient Organization Grant Amount Brief Project Description
Anderson LWCF City of Clinton $300,000 To upgrade the community football field at Town Springs and additional improvements
Anderson RTP Norris Dam State Park $80,000 To construct a multi-user Lake View Trail at Norris Dam State Park
* Anderson
* Campbell
* Morgan
* Scott
RTP TWRA $671,299 To renovate, improve and maintain existing off-highway vehicle trails at the Royal Blue and Sundquist Wildlife Management areas
Bedford LPRF Town of Bell Buckle $10,000 For amphitheater improvements at Bell Buckle Park
Blount LPRF City of Alcoa $400,000 New pool building for Springbrook Pool
Blount LPRF City of Maryville $32,000 To develop College Hills Park
Bradley LPRF City of Cleveland $50,000 Continued development of a nature-oriented open space recreation facility at Leonard Fletcher Park.
Bradley RTP City of Cleveland/Bradley County $50,000 For Phase 4 development of the Mouse Creek Greenway
Campbell LPRF Campbell County $131,000 Phase I development of White Bridge Park
Campbell LPRF Town of Caryville $26,000 Asbury Park improvements
Cannon RTP Town of Woodbury $88,000 To develop a hard surface walking trail around the perimeter of Brown Spurlock Park
Carroll LPRF Carroll Co., Huntingdon, Carroll Co. Watershed Authority $350,000 To purchase park land in conjunction with the development of Carroll County Lake
Carroll LPRF Town of Huntingdon $175,000 For renovation of parks, including facilities to bring the parks into ADA compliance and upgrade playground equipment
Claiborne LPRF Town of New Tazewell $27,000 Improvements at Gose Park
Claiborne LPRF Town of Tazewell $80,000 For improvements at Tazewell Town Park
Cocke LPRF City of Newport $36,000 For upgrades at Newport City Park/NGS Park including skate park development
Cocke RTP City of Newport $84,000 To acquire property to develop a greenway trailhead along the Pigeon River
* Cocke
* Greene
* Unicoi
RTP USDA Forest Service, Cherokee National Forest $80,000 For the Nolichucky/Unaka Tri-trail Project at Cherokee National Forest
Coffee LPRF City of Manchester $100,000 Develop a new skate park at Fred Deadman Park
Coffee LPRF City of Tullahoma $450,000 Renovations at the D.W. Wilson Community Center
Coffee RTP City of Tullahoma $100,000 Phase three development of the Rock Creek Greenway
Davidson LPRF Davidson Co./Nashville $400,000 Acquisition of the historical Stone Hall structure for use as a nature and visitors center and park associated with the Stones River Greenway
Dickson LPRF City of Burns $200,000 To acquire property for the development of a municipal park for the City of Burns
Dyer LPRF City of Dyersburg $150,000 Improvements at the Dyersbury Activity Center
Fayette LPRF Town of Oakland $58,806 To expand the facilities at Cypress Creek Park
Franklin LPRF City of Winchester $48,500 To construct a soccer field complex and other improvements at Gamble Sports Complex
Franklin RTP Tims Ford State Park $43,680 To connect the visitor center at Tims Ford State Park with the Marble Plains Overlook Foot Trail
Gibson LPRF City of Dyer $53,000 Phase two development of David Robinson Recreation Park
Gibson LPRF City of Medina $50,000 Improvements to Lions Park
* Gibson
* Obion
LPRF City of Kenton $25,000 Replace existing playground equipment at Kenton Community Park
Giles LPRF City of Ardmore $60,000 Park improvements including the construction of two multi-purpose fields for youth soccer and football at John Barnes Area Park.
Grainger LPRF Grainger County $300,000 For construction of park facilities at Grainger County Park and Washburn Park
Greene RTP Town of Greeneville $99,000 For phase one development of the Hal Henard Sports Compex walking trail
Hamilton RTP City of Chattanooga $100,000 To construct canoe and kayak launches along the South Chickamauga Greenway
Hamilton LPRF Hamilton Co./Chattanooga $200,000 Trail Development at the Enterprise South Nature Park
Hawkins LPRF Hawkins County $25,000 To renovate amenities at Laurel Run and St. Clair Parks
Haywood LPRF Brownsville/Haywood County $86,125 Install an elevator at the Brownsville/Haywood County College Hill Museum to make the project ADA compliant
Henry LPRF City of Paris $156,000 For construction of six lighted tennis courts by Paris Parks and Recreation
Humphreys LPRF City of New Johsonville $115,000 To restore and renovate the Charles L. Edwards Memorial Park
Humphreys LPRF City of Waverly $150,000 To develop a handicap accessible playground facility, make restrooms ADA compliant and other improvements at Asbury Park
Jefferson LPRF Jefferson City $90,000 To begin development of Centennial Park
Knox LPRF Knox Co./Knoxville $100,000 For tennis court renovation and other improvements at John Bynon West Hills Park
Knox LPRF Town of Farragut $62,500 Installation of athletic field lighting at Mayor Bob Leonard Park
Knox RTP Town of Farragut $68,800 To extend a current section of walking trail in Fox Run Subdivision
Lake LPRF City of Tiptonville $36,500 Improvements to the Tiptonville Recreational Park
Lauderdale LPRF Town of Halls $186,000 Renovate Kevan Ward Park and Crichfield Park
Lincoln LPRF City of Fayetteville $42,000 To construct a multi-use skateboard park in the existing Fayetteville Recreational/Kiwanis Complex
Lincoln RTP City of Fayetteville $10,400 To expand the walking trail located along the Elk River in the Stonebridge Father’s Memorial Park
Loudon LPRF City of Loudon $100,000 Development of new facilities at Municipal Park
Macon LPRF City of Lafayette $40,000 For additional development at City of LaFayette Park
Madison RTP City of Jackson $50,000 To construct multipurpose walking and bicycle trails in the Anderson Creek Mitigation Area
Marion LPRF City of New Hope $15,000 To construct a ballfield, restrooms and walking trail at New Hope Park
Maury LPRF Maury County Parks $107,800 Land acquisition for the expansion of Maury County Park
McMinn LPRF City of Etowah $500,000 Acquisition and development of the Etowah Recreation Center
McNairy LPRF City of Michie $35,650 Construction of a baseball field at Michie City Park
McNairy LPRF City of Selmer $129,000 Renovations at the Selmer Community Center
Monroe RTP Ft. Loudoun State Historic Area $34,892 To expand and renovate the Gateway to the Past Trail at Ft. Loudoun State Historic Area
Moore LPRF Metropolitan Moore Co. $147,500 For phase one development of the Metro Lynchburg/Moore County Park
Morgan LPRF Morgan County $25,000 Construction of an outdoor classroom for enviornmental education at Coalfield Community Park
Obion LPRF Town of Hornbeak $14,178 To install ballfield lighting at Hornbeak City Park
Pickett LPRF Town of Byrdstown $15,000 For phase four development of Byrdstown Community Park, including a t-ball field.
Polk RTP Hiwassee State Scenic River/Ocoee River Recreation Area $40,000 To renovate the Sugarloaf Interpretive Trail to provide wheelchair accessibility
Putnam LPRF City of Cookeville $450,000 To add a gymnasium at Cane Creek Park
Putnam LPRF Putnam County $162,000 Initial development of a multi-use trail between Cookeville and Monterey
Putnam RTP Town of Monterey $75,000 To develop a parking area and restroom facilities at the eastern terminus of the Tennessee Central Heritage Trail
Roane LWCF Roane County $100,000 For improvements at Roane County Caney Creek Park
Robertson LPRF City of Ridgetop $400,000 Phase one park development for the Wilson Park and trailhead.
Robertson LPRF City of Springfield $238,000 For additional developments at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
Rutherford RTP City of LaVergne $100,000 For construction of a greenway to follow East Branch of Hurricane Creek and trailhead facilities at Brookside Park
Rutherford LPRF Rutherford Co. Conservation Board $200,000 To assist in the development of a multi-purpose community center at the Lane-Agri Park Complex
Scott LPRF Town of Oneida $250,000 Develop the new Oneida Bear Creek Park
Sevier LPRF City of Gatlinburg $100,000 To construct an ADA accessible fishing pier at Herbert Holt Park
Sevier LPRF City of Sevierville $400,000 Sevierville Family Aquatics Center renovations at Sevierville City Park
Shelby LPRF City of Lakeland $142,000 Phase two development of Windward Slopes Park
Shelby RTP Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park $77,586 To construct a multi-purpose trail and parking area for horse trailers at trailhead
Shelby LPRF Shelby County $150,000 To construct a new public restroom at Plough Park of Shelby Farms to include an information kiosk and accommodations for concessions
Sullivan LPRF City of Kingsport $250,000 Enhancements at Wyerhauser Park and Eastman Park at Horse Creek
Sumner LWCF City of Gallatin $80,000 To develop the Triple Creek Walking Trail and restrooms
Sumner LPRF City of Portland $73,000 For development of ball fields at Richland Park
Sumner RTP Bledsoe Creek State Park $40,000 To construct an ADA approved elevated boardwalk trail
Tipton LPRF Tipton Co., Munford $67,500 To develop a skateboard park at Poplar Park
Tipton LPRF Town of Garland $145,000 To construct a new recreational facility at Town of Garland Park
Washington LPRF Town of Jonesborough $130,000 To develop walkways and other facilities in Stage Road Park and Raines/Parrish Park
Wayne RTP City of Clifton $45,678 To construct recreational trails at Clifton Recreational Park
White RTP City of Sparta $79,960 To extend and enhance the Calfkiller River Trail system
Williamson RTP City of Fairview $10,600 To purchase trail improvement equipment at Bowie Nature Park
Williamson RTP City of Franklin $100,000 To develop the Harpeth River Greenway bike and pedestrian trail at Bicentennial Park

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