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Posted on: October 17, 2016





Pictured from L-R: TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill; Gov. Bill Haslam; Parks & Recreation Director Kate Armitage; Mayor Terry Jones; City Engineer Jason Dixon; Rep. Ron Lollar; TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau

MILLINGTON, TN (October 17, 2016) – Millington, TN receives $500,000.00 Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commission Bob Martineau. The Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant program was established by the General Assembly in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities. The funds also may be used for development of trails and projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. All LPRF grants require a 50% match.

This year the State of Tennessee is awarding a series of grants totaling more than $17 million to help fund parks and recreation projects in Tennessee. $15.8 million will be awarded in Local Parks and Recreation grants to 55 communities and $1.9 million will be awarded in Recreational Trails Program grants for a total of 12 parks and communities in Tennessee.

“These grants are very competitive so I applaud our local officials for their hard work on behalf of their communities,” Haslam said. “Our goal at the state level is to make Tennessee the very best place to live, work and raise a family, and I want to thank local officials for their partnership in making these grants happen and achieving that goal.”

Discovery Nature Park will transform the area located at 5152 Easley Street that currently serves as the Millington Farmers’ Market from an area of commerce used one day per week for 6 months out of the year into a vibrant, inclusive, interactive, multi-generational recreation destination for citizens of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy 365 days per year. Supporting initiatives in the Millington Arts, Recreation and Parks Recreation Plan which includes the Millington Greenprint Plan, the State’s Recreation Plan: Tennessee 2020 and utilizing data derived from citizens in the recreation needs assessment, this project seeks to coincide with these guiding plans while fulfilling the current and future recreation needs of Millington’s citizens.

“We are thrilled to receive the maximum amount awarded in the 2016 LPRF Grant Cycle. I’d like to thank Gov. Haslam, TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau, Senator Mark Norris, Senator Lee Harris, Representative Ron Lollar and Representative Barbara Cooper and the Millington Board of Aldermen for their unyielding support for the City of Millington. I’d also like to thank Director Gerald Parrish with Tennessee Recreation Educational Services and our West Tennessee PARTAS Consultant whose guidance with our Arts and Recreation Director, Kate Armitage has been invaluable in developing a quality recreation program for the citizens of Millington. Lastly, I’d like to congratulate the other municipalities across the state that were selected for this wonderful opportunity to improve the livability of their communities,” said Mayor Jones.

Expanding upon the mission of the Millington Farmers’ Market to promote a green, healthy lifestyle, Discovery Nature Park will be a dynamic, highly interactive recreation destination unlike anything else in the Millington Parks System. The park will include ADA accessible bike / ped trail throughout the 11.63 acre footprint, woodland trails, accessible outdoor fitness equipment, interactive natural play areas, a yard games area for bocce ball and horseshoes for senior league play and socialization, an education / entertainment amphitheatre for concerts and environmental education programs, adventure bridge, rainwater harvesting system for irrigation and open green space. The project will also include expansion of the current market area, parking and ADA accessibility improvements. Environmentally friendly practices and construction materials will be a priority. Construction is expected to begin as soon as possible.

Located just minutes from Memphis, Millington enjoys an exceptional quality of life for an estimated 11,000 citizens. Quality education, recreation and economic growth make Millington a great place to live, work and play. Millington is home to the Millington Municipal School District as well as a variety of public and private, faith based schools and various colleges, universities and technical institutions are in the area. In 2004, The University of Memphis opened its Millington Campus and offers undergraduate and graduate courses in numerous fields of study. Millington is home to Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Ingram Micro, Memphis International Raceway, USA Stadium, Mirimichi and other golf courses providing opportunities for economic growth and world-class recreation. Millington’s West Tennessee Regional Business Center, a publicly owned business and industry center, features 1900 acres of prime industrial space with easy access to the Millington Regional Jetport and the Canadian National Railroad. True intermodal transportation and shipping, makes Millington the perfect place for business. Widely known as “Flag City, USA,” Millington offers the very best of the Mid-South.


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