NASHVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, or TDEC, has awarded a $500,000 parks and recreation grant to the City of White House.
The grant will be used to expand the W. L. Anderson Sports Complex on Old Highway 31 by installing a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant parking area, pavilion, and pathways to and from them.
Deputy commissioner of TDEC, Jim Bryson, said, “We are happy to announce grants that will enhance the outdoor experience in communities across our state. We want Tennesseans to enjoy recreational activities, and we recognize local leaders need funding to make it happen. These grants help meet that need.”
In a joint statement, Rep. Johnny Garrett, R-Goodlettsville, and Rep. Sabi Kumar, R-Springfield, commented, “Our ball parks and soccer fields offer great opportunities for children to be active and have fun. These funds will enhance our quality of life and provide greater access for our residents with disabilities. It was an honor to support their efforts and we appreciate TDEC’s continued investment in White House.”
Meanwhile, Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin, remarked, “Many fond family memories are made on our soccer fields and I am very pleased this grant will help expand and enhance the soccer complex at White House. I appreciate the hard work done by our local officials in submitting a successful grant application which I was happy to support. I look forward to seeing the improvements which will be made as a result of this grant.”
The grant is part of $7,584,530 provided 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 is also allocating $1,892,642 in grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP).
The LPRF program provides state funds to purchase land used for parks, natural areas, green belts, and recreational facilities. LPRF funds can also be used for capital projects and trail development in natural areas, parks, and greenways. The LWCF program provides relief funds to states to administer to state and local governments to acquire and develop public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The grants require a 50 percent match.
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