Gov. Ivey announces $1.5 million in grants
to improve parks and facilities across Alabama
MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has announced $1.5 million in grants to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in Alabama.
The awards, made through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, will enable 15 counties and municipalities to improve parks, playgrounds and sports fields. Projects range from installing new lighting and fixtures at existing parks to constructing new tennis courts, ball fields and splash pads.
“By enhancing the outdoor recreational opportunities in our communities, these projects will make Alabama an even better place to live and work for families,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to play a role in helping local leaders complete these improvements, and I encourage everyone to experience the great parks and recreational opportunities these areas have to offer.”
The LWCF program was created by Congress in 1965 to assist states with the development and preservation of outdoor recreational facilities. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs manages the program in the state.
“Some of a family’s best memories are often formed by experiences at community parks, playgrounds and trails, and these projects will increase the opportunities for families to spend time together enjoying the outdoors,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “With Gov. Ivey’s support, ADECA is pleased to partner with these communities and groups to expand recreational opportunities.”
Grants and projects awarded are:
Camden – $200,000 to construct two boat ramps, improve existing ramps and improve the parking area at Bridgeport Park. Matching funds of $200,000 will supplement the grant.
Selma – $75,000 to construct a splash pad at Historic Riverfront Park. Local funds of $75,000 will supplement the award.
For the full Press Release, and complete list of benefiting areas, read NEXT WEEK’S E-EDITION