(NASHVILLE, TN), October 22, 2012 — State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown), Governor Bill Haslam, Representative David Hawk (R-Greeneville), Parks Director Brian Hensley, City Administrator Randy Trivette, Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill recently met in Nashville regarding the award of $127,000 for the Erwin Rail Yard in Unicoi County. The grant will be used for a skate plaza and playground in the downtown, as part of the park corridor adjacent to the library along Nolichucky Avenue.
“I was happy to support this grant because local parks and recreation opportunities provide families with free, wholesome recreation opportunities,” said Senator Southerland. “I want to thank our local officials who were instrumental in helping secure these funds.”
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. The grants are matched locally.
“Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” added Representative Hawk. “This grant will ensure that improvements continue to be made to serve our community.”