City of Goodlettsville Receives $250,000 Grant for Delmas Long Community Center Improvements

City of Goodlettsville Receives $250,000 Grant for Delmas Long Community Center Improvements
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today presented a Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant of $250,000.00 to the City of Goodlettsville for various improvements to Delmas Long Community Center.  The funding will allow for HVAC improvements to the building in order to expand programs and events year-round.  Other improvements will include a stage and sound system, a wellness area for group fitness classes, and new playground equipment at the Community Center.
“Our quality of life is directly linked to the quality of our parks and outdoor spaces,” Haslam said. “Recreational facilities are important not only to Tennesseans but for the many visitors we attract to our state each year.”
“The opportunities this grant will bring to the City of Goodlettsville are unlimited by virtue of providing a more balanced, year-round program,” said Tim Ellis, City Manager.  “We are definitely ecstatic at the news that we have been chosen to receive the 2012 LPRF Grant.” The City of Goodlettsville is receiving one of 50 LPRF grants that will be distributed throughout Tennessee. The grants, totaling $6.9 million, are designed to enhance and expand outstanding recreational projects such as parks, community centers, ball fields and playgrounds, and they are administered through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  $250,000.00 is the maximum grant any community may receive.
The Tennessee General Assembly established the LPRF grant program in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities. The funds may be used for the development of trails and projects in parks, natural areas or greenways.  All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.
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