$500,000 grants awarded for Memphis, Munford and Ripley parks

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on Monday announced a $500,000 parks and recreation grant each for Memphis, Munford and Ripley, Tennessee.

The grant is part of $6,370,000 provided to communities across the state through the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. The state is also providing $448,000 in Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grants.

“Local leaders need the resources to provide recreational activities for their communities, and this is one way to help make that happen,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson. “We are pleased to announce these grants and look forward to the recreational projects that will result from this assistance.

In Memphis, the grant will go to Audubon Park. Work at Audubon Park includes an approximately 9,250 square foot wading pool.

“Audubon Park is a treasure to the City of Memphis and our community,” said Sen. London Lamar, D-Memphis. “I am excited about this new grant project, as I fully understand that the investments we make in our public spaces are smart investments in happy children, strong families and connected communities. »

The project in Munford is to acquire the First Citizens National Bank parcel (0.925 acre) for the Veterans Plaza development in the town center and includes the demolition of an existing building, land clearing and site preparation.

The plan is to build an amphitheater, ADA accessible restrooms, pavilions/shade structures, walkways, seated planters/seating walls, parallel driveway, landscaping, signage and site amenities .

“The construction of Veterans Plaza in downtown Munford will be a tremendous benefit to the community,” said Sen. Paul Rose, R-Covington. “An amphitheater will provide a way to showcase living talent while promoting tourism and the arts within the community. I thank our local leaders for identifying worthwhile projects and submitting a successful grant application that will benefit the people of Munford. »

“Veterans Plaza will be a wonderful addition to our community by honoring the men and women who have served our nation and will also create a beneficial economic impact by bringing visitors to Munford for events at the amphitheater,” said Representative Debra Moody. , R-Covington. . “I was proud to support their candidacy and congratulate our local leaders who were instrumental in securing these funds for this very worthy project.”

The City of Ripley will also use this grant for improvements to Ripley City Park.

The project involves improvements to the water park, including the addition of a wading pool and its supporting facilities, as well as renovations for ADA accessibility to the existing pool and restrooms.

Improvements on the east side of the park include the addition of light and power sources in a new amphitheater, ADA-accessible restrooms, ADA-accessible parking, and ADA-accessible routes.

“Our parks and recreation facilities at Ripley City Park are vital to our communities and help bring families and people together while promoting physical activity,” said Sen. Ed Jackson, R-Jackson. “I am happy to see these investments going to projects in our region and I look forward to the improvements that will result. Local officials have done a great job securing these grants, and I appreciate all of their efforts to improve our communities. »

“I am delighted that Ripley City Park has been chosen to receive this important grant,” said Rep. Chris Hurt, R-Halls. “These projects will better serve visitors and improve accessibility to the park. I applaud everyone who has worked diligently to secure this substantial funding and look forward to the completion of these improvements.

The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreation facilities. LPRF funds can also be used for trail development and investment projects in parks, natural areas and greenways.

The LWCF program provides state grants to administer state and local governments to acquire and develop public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Grants require 50% matching.

The RTP is a federally funded, state-administered grant program that provides funds for trail land acquisition, trail maintenance, trail construction, trail rehabilitation, and trailhead support facilities. These subsidies are distributed in the form of an 80% subsidy with a matching contribution of 20%.

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