Senator Yager and Representatives Calfee and Travis announce major Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants for Rockwood and Oliver Springs

(NASHVILLE, TN), August 2, 2016 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representatives Kent Calfee (R-Kingston) and Ron Travis (R-Dayton) announced today that the City of Rockwood will receive major Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant from the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Rockwood will receive $125,700 for improvements to Brickyard Park and Douglas Wilson Community Center.

“Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said Senator Yager. “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 Rep. Calfee. “It will make a tremendous difference in moving this project forward.”

In addition, Roane County will benefit from a multi-county grant for Oliver Springs. The town will receive $100,000 for the Carmichael Ballfield development.

We will continue our efforts in partnership with our local officials to ensure that Roane County receives its share of state and federal funds,” said Rep. Travis.

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.

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