TDEC declares recreation grant for Montgomery County

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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced a $500,000 park and recreation grant to Montgomery County for the construction of two restroom facilities at Rotary Park.

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

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

One of the restroom facilities will be located adjacent to the first parking lot near the entrance to Rotary Park Drive and will have approximately 990 square feet of covered area. The other will be located adjacent to the E. Old Ashland City Road parking lot of the old park entrance and will measure approximately 860 square feet under the roof. Both will be built to meet all ADA requirements and integrate with existing ADA parking lots.

“Rotary Park is an integral part of the Clarksville community,” said Sen. Bill Powers, R-Clarksville. “These new restroom facilities will be a useful improvement to the park and a significant benefit to the community. I appreciate the local officials who made a successful application for this scholarship.”

The LPRF program provides government funds for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, green spaces, and recreational facilities. LPRF funds can also be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas, and greenways. The LWCF program provides grants to states to manage state and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The grants require a 50 percent match.

The RTP is a federally funded, state administered grant program that provides funds for trail land acquisition, trail maintenance, trail construction, trail rehabilitation, and trail support facilities. These scholarships are distributed in the form of an 80 percent allotment with a 20 percent match.