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Town parks receive state grant


NASHVILLE — The town of Farragut will receive a total of $131,300 in grant money from the State of Tennessee, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Monday.

Bredesen and members of the Knox County legislative delegation announced Monday, Aug. 7, 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 grants, more than $2 million in Recreation Trails Program grants and $480,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

The town of Farragut will receive $62,500 for installation of athletic field lighting at Mayor Bob Leonard Park and $68,800 to extend a current section of walking trail in Fox Run subdivision.

“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,” Bredesen said. “I’m extremely pleased that this year’s grant awards will allow us to help make eighty-seven 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 Environment and Conser-vation Commissioner Jim Fyke.

Grant recipients were selected through a scoring process.

 

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