ROGERSVILLE â€” Throughout its July 9 assembly, the Rogersville Park Board mentioned the potential of receiving a Native Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant in addition to sure initiatives undertaken by the Chamber of Commerce to beautify the cityâ€™s native parks.
In 2018, the city of Rogersville utilized for a $500,000 LPRF grant with a 50 p.c native match that may be used for renovations on the Metropolis Park.
In line with the Tennessee Dept. of Surroundings and Conservation web site, the LPRF, â€œsupplies grants to eligible native authorities entities for the acquisition of lands for parks, pure areas, greenways and recreation amenities. The funds may additionally be used for path growth and capital initiatives in parks, pure areas and greenways.â€ The web site additionally specified that 60 p.c of the grant will go to municipal governments and the grant initiatives have to be on publicly owned land.
The city didn’t obtain the grant, so consultant Jamie Cardin from McGill Associates was invited to the July assembly to debate the potential of making use of for the grant a second time.
In line with the web site for McGill Associates, â€œthe vary and depth of McGillâ€™s experience features a broad spectrum of engineering companies, land planning and recreation, in addition to consulting companies.â€ The corporate is positioned in Knoxville.
â€œWhat weâ€™re is what we have to do to prepare to use for this grant,â€ mentioned chairman Frank Testerman.
Cardin assured the board that McGill Associates can be up for the duty, as the corporate has labored with related conditions earlier than. For instance, McGill Associates was concerned in each part of the town of Morristownâ€™s Greenway undertaking.
Rogersvilleâ€™s Park Board and Parks and Recreation Director Brice Lackey plan to work carefully with McGill Associates on the park renovation undertaking going ahead.
Nancy Barker, on behalf of the Rogersville/Hawkins Co. Chamber of Commerce, additionally offered the Chamberâ€™s plans for continued beautification of the cityâ€™s parks.
Since 2016, Barker has spearheaded a committee that has labored to enhance the getting older Swift Park. In line with Barker, roughly 75 p.c of the park was not usable on the time the undertaking started. Since then, the strolling path within Swift Park has been redesigned, the lighting has been repaired, and, after some excavation, a lot of the park has been leveled out. New concrete picnic tables have been put in, as have a number of bushes.
Barker additionally added that a lot of the playground tools was put in 40 years in the past and continues to be in determined want of renovations. Within the close to future, the committee plans to put in a musical backyard that can characteristic colourful plastic flowers and bongo drums. They’re additionally seeking to relocate the horseshoe pits to a safer location that may guarantee no pedestrians are injured. Renovations to Swift Park are nonetheless ongoing.
As a part of the Wholesome Tennessee initiative, the Hawkins Co. Well being Dept. has partnered with the committee to put in a number of colourful work of a caterpillar and a hopscotch recreation on the playground at Swift Park. The work have been impressed by the workers of the Hawkins Co. Well being Dept. and are supposed to encourage bodily exercise in kids. The identical work could be discovered within the Sneedville Metropolis Park.
To proceed this initiative, Barker introduced that the Well being Dept. will buy provides for a Storybook Path Mission to be featured within the Rogersville Metropolis Park. In line with the undertakingâ€™s proposal letter, â€œthe Storybook Path will probably be an interactive path that enables kids and their households to learn a narrative with about 10 stops alongside the way in which; every cease comprises a number of pages of a e book.â€
The board voted to approve the development of the Storybook Path.
A customer to the assembly steered that the board take into account asking the park upkeep crew to alter the time of day that herbicide is sprayed within the park. The customer defined that he had seen the upkeep crew spray herbicide through the day whereas quite a few kids have been current. He additionally requested the board to look into the restore of some damaged tile close to the Rogersville Metropolis pool, to which Lackey replied that the problem was at present being investigated.
The Park Board meets the second Tuesday of each month within the Metropolis Corridor boardroom at 6 p.m. Conferences are open to the general public.