Shelbyville has received a $25,000 Local Parks & Recreation Fund grant to be used for playground improvements at Never Rest Park.
The awarding of the grant was announced to the city council at its study session earlier this week, and city manager Jay Johnson explained that the funds for the 50 percent local match were in this year's budget.
Johnson said the city appreciated the help given by State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh in getting the grant. The funds will be used to comply with new federal safety standards as it applies to playground safety equipment.
At the first of the year, parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson explained that the equipment at Never Rest was out of compliance since there is no grandfathering (exemption from the rules for pre-existing structures) on safety standards and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) rules.
As well as new equipment, the Never Rest site will also have engineered wood fibers placed on the ground for the play set's "fall zones." A large pile of the fibers is waiting to be used for the project at H.V. Griffin Park.
According to a letter from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the grant recipients were selected though a scoring process that considered projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.
Funding for the grant award comes from Tennessee's real estate recordation tax, and is administered by TDEC's Recreation Educational Services Division.
A total of nearly $6.9 million was awarded in this grant cycle, TDEC said.