Bredesen Awards $3.5 Million in Parks and Recreation Grants

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 09:37 am
50 Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants Announced Today
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke t
oday announced more than $3.5 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants will be awarded to recipients across Tennessee.

“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.”
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, please visit complete list of the grants announced today follows.   
Recipient Organization
Grant Amount
Brief Project Description
City of Lake City
George Templin Park - Construct a new playground.
City of Norris
Ridgeway Commons - Purchase and install playground equipment.
City of Shelbyville
Purdy Court Park - Construct ADA-accessible playground.
City of Cleveland
Kenneth Tinsley Recreation Center – Renovate existing playground and restrooms to meet ADA standards and replace playground equipment.
City of LaFollette
Liberty Park – Install pool, add splash park features, and purchase and install playground equipment. 
Carroll County
New Development - Develop a community track, park and trails facility that encompasses 17.5 acres, with plans to designate acreage to parking, restrooms, track and field events, bike trails, and a picnic area for Bethel University students and the citizens of Carroll County.
Carroll County /Town of Huntingdon
Carroll County Lake - Construct a playground facility, beaches, pavilion, restroom and concessions facilities located at the Carroll County Lake Visitor's Center.
City of Henderson
Gene Record Memorial Park - Improve drainage and parking conditions and provide ADA accessible parking.  
City of Newport
Newport City Park - Install a rubber liner in the existing swimming pool, repair and resurface existing tennis courts and basketball court, and replace all fencing around the upgraded courts.
City of Manchester
Boyer/May Property - Construct eight-foot-wide greenway from Waite Street Bridge along the Little Duck River through the newly acquired Boyer/May property.
City of Dyersburg
Bruce Center, Dyersburg Activity Center, Okeena Park and Kiwanis Park - Replace gym floor, install swim platforms, install shade shelters at playground and wading pool, and install picnic shelter and playground equipment.
Town of Rutherford
Jones Volunteer Park and Rutherford City Pool - Install new playground structure and convert the chlorine filtration system to a salt-water filtration system; install sprinkler system and improve bathrooms. 
City of Trenton
Trenton Downtown Pedestrian Park - Purchase property to create a permanent park within Trenton's downtown. Renovate and further develop the park with an urban feel to include a pedestrian plaza and performance area.
City of Pulaski
Richland Park - Replace ball field lights, fencing, concession stand/restrooms, bleachers and improve drainage.
City of Monteagle
City Ball Park - Add new playground equipment, fencing, bleachers, lighting and a new soccer/practice field.
City of Collegedale
Wolftever Creek Greenway - Build a playground, pavilion and restroom. 
Hamilton County
Shackleford Ridge Park – Construct ball fields pavilion with concessions, restrooms and maintenance facilities. 
Town of Signal Mountain
Town Municipal Swimming Pool – Rehabilitate main pool and deck; renovate wading pool and restroom.
Haywood County
Volunteer Park - Resurface existing playground.
Henderson County
Darden Community Center Park - Resurface gravel parking lot.
Town of Sardis
Sardis City Park - Replacement of existing playground equipment; and resurfacing / replacing fence at existing basketball and tennis courts.
City of Paris
McNeill Park - Construct a restroom/concession building.
Town of Centerville
C.A. Thompson Memorial Park - Remove and replace some of the existing playground equipment.
Knox County Parks & Recreation
Clayton Park – Develop 11 acres at park, including a combination pavilion/restroom sited on a concrete plaza, rock base, furnishings, and a walking trail that will be connected to the community's greenway network.
Marshall County
Berlin Springs - Construct a pavilion.
City of Spring Hill
Spring Hill Skate Park - Develop a skate park on Walnut Street. 
Maury County Parks & Recreation
Maury County Park - Replacement of lighting on three Little League baseball fields.
City of Athens
Market Park and Knight Park – Construct steel gazebo at Knight Park. Construct an ADA-compliant restroom facility at Market Park including ramps, parking, paving, flatwork and fencing.
City of Selmer
Selmer City Park - Replace play areas with wood fiber mulch and plastic borders; make play areas ADA compliant and replace playground equipment.
City of Clarksville
New Development - 10-acre property to be donated to city for a park. Specific amenities to include site preparations, enhance road/loop, parking areas, signage, picnic areas, restrooms and trail development.
City of Sunbright
Sunbright City Park - Purchase and install ADA-accessible playground equipment and ADA-accessible bathroom near playground. Play equipment will include a play station and a combination ADA-swing set. 
Town of Hornbeak
Hornbeak City Park - Install a play structure unit, bench and border by railroad ties and wood chips.
Town of Obion
Obion Indian Park - Develop a playground bordered by railroad ties with wood chips for the play surface.
City of Kingston
Kingston City Park / South West Point Park - Replace playground equipment, construct new play area and walk to make restroom area ADA accessible.
City of Murfreesboro
Old Fort Park - Renovate the Kids Castle playground, small shelter and additional picnic areas. 
City of Gatlinburg
Herbert Holt Park - Replace existing 15-year-old playground equipment with updated ADA-compliant equipment.
City of Sevierville
City Park – Resurface existing tennis courts, replace fencing, rehabilitate basketball courts and pave pedestrian areas. 
Town of Pittman Center
Pittman Center City Hall Park - Develop a playground area, including equipment, new walkway, playground surfacing and signage.
City of Germantown
Dogwood Park - New "River Delta" play structure, picnic furnishings, native plant landscaping, signage and nature/environmental educational stations.
City of Lakeland
International Harvester Clubhouse - Renovate restrooms to ADA standards, remove bar area and build classroom, refurbish / convert kitchen, placement of two windows, convert metal door to glass, connect a gas line to the clubhouse and add a deck to the south end of the building.
City of Kingsport
Lynn View - Installation of lighting system for the athletic field at Lynn View Community Center.
City of Millersville
Millersville Municipal Park and Playground - Playground facilities.
City of Portland
Richland Park – ADA-compliant restroom.
Town of Jonesborough
Persimmon Ridge Park - Development of a walkway trail from Persimmon Ridge Park to a large residential area north of US-11E; and construction of a pavilion and playground area. Improvements to existing athletic facilities. 
City of Martin
Martin Festival Park – Develop a mini-park, construct an ADA-accessible spray fountain and gazebo, and install pedestrian lighting and park benches. 
City of Franklin
Jim Warren Park and Liberty Park - Refurbish existing tennis courts, add ADA safety surface to playground, and provide shade protection.
City of Fairview
Bowie Nature Park - Construct paved trail, and boardwalk and concrete trails.   
Williamson County
Strahl Street Park - Update playground and extend shelter area; install ADA water fountain and add grills and picnic tables.
City of Lebanon
Don Fox Community Park - Clean, recoat and repair playground equipment.
City of Mt. Juliet
Charlie Daniels Park - Replacement of Planet Playground equipment, resurface walkway and place utilities underground.