City of White Plains Selected to Receive $86,775 Grant Award for Construction of New Spray Park

press - 10/29/2019

City of White Plains Selected to Receive $86,775 Grant Award for Construction of New Spray Park
 
City of White Plains Selected to Receive $86,775 Grant Award for Construction of New Spray Park

Grant Would Fund the Construction of a New Handicap-Accessible Spray Park in Southern Hopkins County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 29, 2019) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) today announced that the City of White Plains, in Hopkins County, has been selected to receive an $86,775 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) allocation for construction of a new spray park.

“We are excited today to announce $86,775 in LWCF grant funding for the City of White Plains,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Our Department for Local Government works closely with local officials to address priority projects that will most positively impact their communities. This significant investment will enable vital recreational improvements to be made.”

The City of White Plains aims to provide residents of the city and other nearby communities in southern Hopkins County with a new park featuring splash and spray elements that will be accessible to children of all ages and physical abilities. Upon federal approval, the new spray park facility would include shade structures, benches, and picnic tables for families to gather while their children play in the new spray park.

The proposed site, a vacant lot located adjacent to City Hall and the Community Center, would share parking with these existing facilities. Directly across the street from the site is a large pavilion with grills and an existing park with playground equipment.

The new spray park would be secured by fencing and a 24-hour video monitoring system, would feature a state-of-the-art water filtering and disinfectant system, and would be wheelchair accessible.

“The development of this spray park will be a significant recreational asset to the citizens of White Plains and surrounding communities in southern Hopkins County,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “I’m very pleased that DLG is able to help fund this inclusive recreational facility.”

“These grants will have a tremendous impact in the community of White Plains,” said Senator C.B. Embry. "I commend Governor Bevin and the Department of Local Government for prioritizing our district with this investment."

"I'm thrilled to see this investment in Hopkins County, which will provide parents with a new place to take their kids for outdoor activities," Rep. Jim Gooch said. "Target funding aimed at increasing the quality of life in our communities is exactly what we should be focused on, and I'm glad to see our state and local officials work together to do just that."

"With this grant money, White Plains will see significant improvements in opportunities for our kids and families to get out and enjoy what the community has to offer," Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty said. "I'm excited for this addition to the community and want to thank Mayor Josh Slaton, City Clerk Krista Kreer, and the Department for Local Government for their efforts to provide more activities for our citizens."

"This new splash park is a nice addition to our area, and I look forward to seeing it become a reality," Rep. Myron Dossett said. "It's nice to see Hopkins County benefit so greatly from the leadership here locally and in Frankfort, and I want to thank everyone who worked hard to secure this investment."

Land & Water Conservation Fund

The LWCF provides federal grant funds to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation, and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural areas and passive parks.

About the Department for Local Government

The Department for Local Government is an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. For more information, visit http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/.

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