The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recently announced a $ 500,000 park and recreation grant to the City of White House for the expansion of a football complex.
The grant is part of $ 7,584,530 received by communities across the state from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) programs. The state also awards $ 1,892,642 grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP).
“We are excited to announce grants that will improve the outdoor experience in communities across our state,” said Jim Bryson, assistant commissioner, TDEC. “We want people from Tennessee to enjoy recreational activities, and we understand that local executives need funding to make this possible. These grants help to meet this need. “
The White House project involves expanding the WL Anderson Sports Complex on Old Highway 31 by installing a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -compliant parking lot, pavilion, and pathways to and from them.
“Many beautiful family memories are made on our soccer fields and I am delighted that this grant will help expand and improve the White House soccer complex,” said Senate spokesman Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin. “I appreciate the hard work our local officials have put in on a successful grant application that I was happy to support. I look forward to seeing the improvements that will result from this grant. “
Rep. Johnny Garrett, R-Goodlettsville, and Rep. Sabi (Doc) Kumar, R-Springfield, said in a joint statement: “Our baseball and soccer fields are great ways for children to be active and have fun. These funds will improve our quality of life and provide better access for our residents with disabilities. We have been honored to support their efforts and we appreciate TDEC’s continued investment in the White House. “
The LPRF program provides government funding for the purchase of land for parks, nature reserves, green spaces and recreational facilities. LPRF funds can also be used for the development of hiking trails and investment projects in parks, natural areas and green paths. The LWCF program provides state grants to the management of state and local governments for the purchase and development of public recreational areas and outdoor facilities. The grants require a 50 percent match.
The RTP is a federally funded, state-administered grant program that provides funds for the acquisition of land for hiking trails, hiking trails, road construction, path rehabilitation and trail head support facilities. These grants are distributed in the form of an 80 percent grant with a 20 percent match.