Cleveland Parks and Recreation Director Patti Pettit said Monday, “We’re really excited about that.”
She said she still remembers 1979 when her father, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kenneth Tinsley, visited her at Middle Tennessee State University.
“He said they had just received a big grant to build a big community park and they are going to name it after me. He was so proud,” she said.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently announced $6.9 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants to 50 recipients across the state.
“Our quality of life is directly linked to the quality of our parks and outdoor spaces,” Haslam said. “Recreational facilities are important not only to Tennesseans but for the many visitors we attract to our state each year. I’ve had the opportunity to visit several of these communities throughout the last few weeks and I am pleased to be in a position to provide funding for the benefit of all Tennesseans.”
Pettit said all three of the city pools will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the time the pools open in 2013. She said the new pool at Mosby Park will be patterned after the pool at South Cleveland Recreation Center. That pool opened earlier in the year. The estimated cost, about $450,000, will be paid for by the $250,000 matching grant; $100,000 through the Community Development Block Grant Program and $150,000 from the city.
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.
“Gov. Haslam’s proposal and the General Assembly’s approval to restore these funds helps local communities purchase lands for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities,” Martineau said. “These grants are specifically designed to help local communities improve their green spaces, making the great outdoors even more accessible for all to enjoy.”
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.