TDEC pronounces Johnson County recreation grant of $70,000 –

TDEC announces Johnson County recreation grant of $70,000 –

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced a $70,000 Johnson County Park and Recreation Grant for ADA-compliant facilities in the Doe Mountain Recreation area.

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.”

The project at Doe Mountain Recreation Area includes ADA-compliant restrooms connected to the existing facility, ADA-compliant parking, ADA access, and the construction of an ADA-compliant patio at the front of the trail’s main building. The site is an 8,600-acre protected recreational mountain that includes trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATVs.

“I am pleased that the Doe Mountain Recreation Area is receiving this grant for ADA improvements,” said Sen. John Lundberg, R-Bristol. “It is important that our leisure facilities are accessible to all so that they can safely and easily get out and enjoy the great outdoors. I appreciate the work of our local officials in securing this grant.”

“Doe Mountain Recreation Area is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in all of Tennessee,” said Rep. Scotty Campbell, R-Mountain City. “This important grant will help improve accessibility for those who visit the site. I applaud the work that has been done to secure this funding and look forward to completing these improvements.”

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, federally 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.