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NASHVILLE, TN, October 4, 2012 — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today that three Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants from the Department of Environment and Conservation have been approved for parks in Tipton County.

The grants include $250,000 for a new playground at Nancy Lane Park in Atoka and $250,000 for land acquisition, walking trail development, a splash pad and picnic tables at Munford Hope Park. The third grant is $250,000 to develop an amphitheater at Pond Park in Covington and to make ADA access upgrades to the swimming pool. It will also be used to help fund Phase 1 of a multi-use trail at Cobb Parr Park.

“These grants will make a tremendous difference in moving these projects forward,” said Leader Norris who supported the applications. “I appreciate the efforts of our local officials who were instrumental in securing these funds and Governor Haslam without whom this would not have been possible,” said Norris who spoke with Mayors Gordon, Cole, Walker and Huffman about the awards earlier this week. “They were very excited, especially in this economy, that we are able to return taxpayers’ dollars to the communities where they belong for projects they deem worthy. I’m proud to represent them,” said Norris who has represented Tipton County since 2000.

The Tennessee General Assembly established the LPRF grant program in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to enhance and expand outstanding recreational projects such as parks, community centers, ball fields and playgrounds. The grants are administered through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The funds may also be used for the development of trails and natural areas or greenways. All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.

“Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” added Norris. “They not only serve as wonderful outdoor space for our citizens, but have a beneficial financial impact by inviting visitors to our communities. I am pleased these grants have been awarded.”

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City of Covington received a $250,000 LPRF grant for Cobb Parr Park. (L-R) TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill, Sen. Mark Norris, Parks Director Amy Payne, Pool Manager Molly Griffin, Gov. Bill Haslam, Mayor David Gordon, and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau

City of Munford received a $250,000 LPRF grant for Munford Hope Park. (L-R) TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill, Sen. Mark Norris, Alderwoman Sue Arthur, Gov. Bill Haslam, Sports Coordinator Dorothy Isbell, Parks Director Glen Beard, Michael Shelton, A2H, and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau

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