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Green River ADD secures over $200,000 for local communities

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Green River ADD secures over $200,000 for local communities


OWENSBORO, Ky. (June 25, 2024) — The Green River Area Development District (GRADD), serving the Kentucky counties of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster, has announced the acquisition of more than $200,000 in grant funding to support local communities.


GRADD, one of Kentucky's 15 Area Development Districts, provides public administration services to communities within its region. Acting as an extension of the staff for local city and county governments, GRADD offers a wide range of technical assistance. The recent grant funding secured by GRADD includes support for projects such as replacing aging playground equipment and constructing pavilions at the Centertown city park.

 

“This investment is a great step forward for our communities,” GRADD Executive Director Joanna Shake said. “The projects will improve the quality of outdoor recreation opportunities for our residents. We are committed to continuing our efforts to secure resources that drive local development and prosperity.”

 

The grant awards are as follows:

· $75,000 from the Tire-Derived Product Grant to Webster County for a 1,700-foot ADA-compliant poured-in-place walking trail inside Canaan Ridge Park. The project will use an estimated 25.5 tons of crumb rubber made from Kentucky waste tires.

· $14,800 from the Tire-Derived Product Grant to the City of Livermore to purchase and install 10 picnic tables and 10 benches at Riverfront Park and four benches and one table at the Depot Park. Benches and tables will be made from Kentucky waste tires. The project will use an estimated 1.75 tons of crumb rubber.

 

The Crumb Rubber/Tire-Derived Products grant provides financial assistance to projects that further the purposes of the Kentucky Waste Tire Program by developing beneficial end-use markets for waste tires generated in Kentucky. The grant is a 75/25 match grant, meaning applicants must provide a funding watch equal to at least 25% of the total cost of the project.

 

Additional grants awarded are:

· $25,000 to the City of Centertown from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to replace aging playground equipment with new swings, construct two new pavilions and add a 2,033-foot asphalt walking trail to the city park.

· $87,680 to the City of Hartford from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to install playground equipment, resurface a basketball court, and renovate two baseball fields at Ellis Park. Baseball field renovations include resurfacing infields and installing new lighting, netting, scoreboard, and fencing.

 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal grant to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities.

 

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For more information, please contact Green River Area Development District Public Information Officer Jessie Saalwaechter at jessiesaalwaechter@gradd.com or Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts Public Information Officer Molly Haines at mhaines@kcadd.org.

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