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Town awarded $90K grant

NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen today presented nearly $6.2 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants and approximately $2 million in Recreation Trails Program grants to local officials during a state recreation planning workshop held at the Nashville Downtown Public Library Oct. 7.

Sixty-six different communities across Tennessee were on hand to receive 74 different recreation, parks and trails grants.

The town of Farragut received a $90,000 Recreation Trails Program Grant toward expansion of Campbell Station Park. Supporting Gov. Bredesen and local community officials throughout this process were State Sens. Ben Atchley and Tim Burchett and State Rep. H.E. Bittle.

“These grants are a direct investment in the quality of Tennessee’s recreation system,” noted Bredesen. “I am pleased state government can support local communities like Farragut by funding such a wide range of improvements for parks, facilities and trails across our state.”

“Response from local governments to the grants outreach and assistance from Deputy Commissioner Jim Fyke and TDEC’s division of Recreation Education Services has been outstanding,” noted Environ-ment and Conservation Com-missioner Betsy Child. “Working together, we now have sixty-six different local communities that are moving forward with the implementation of these important recreation and trails projects.”

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 recreation 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 funds for motorized, non-motorized, and diverse recreation trail projects. Funds are available to state, federal, and local government agencies, as well as private organizations that partner with a government agency.

RTP funds may be used for maintenance, construction, acquisition, development and rehabilitation of trails. The maximum federal share for each project is 80 percent. The recipient must provide a 20 percent match.

One hundred twenty-four LPRF and RTP grant applications were received by the Department of Environment and Conservation during this cycle. Seventy-four grants for specific recreation and trails projects were awarded to 66 different local governments. These grants ranged in amounts up to $500,000, with 15 recipients awarded grants of $200,000 or more. LPRF and RTP grant recipients met in Nashville to be part of a mandatory workshop that reviewed all the relevant requirements of their grant obligations.


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