State Senators Jim Tracy and Bill Ketron announced that the City of Smyrna will receive a $250,000 Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant from the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The funds will be used for planning and construction of a neighborhood park including playground, walking trails, shelter, restroom facilities, picnic tables, benches and associated parking areas. The park will also serve as a trailhead.
"Our parks are a very important part of our communities," said Senator Tracy. "They not only serve as wonderful outdoor space for our citizens, but have a beneficial financial impact by inviting visitors to our communities. I congratulate our local officials who were instrumental in helping secure these funds."
"This is a sizable parks and recreation grant," added Senator Ketron. "It will make a tremendous difference in moving this project forward."
The Tennessee General Assembly established the LPRF grant program in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to enhance and expand outstanding recreational projects such as parks, community centers, ball fields and playgrounds. The grants are administered through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The funds may also be used for the development of trails and natural areas or greenways. All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.