TOP PHOTO: The 1965 Little League State Champs played at Liberty Park.

NASHVILLE, TN. (WLAF)- The City of LaFollette has been awarded $225,000 for improvements at Liberty Park. The project includes repaving and striping the existing parking lot; new ADA-compliant parking areas; signage; and the replacement and widening of an existing walkway (approx. 220 linear feet).

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)  announced the grant as part of $26,501,705.74 that was awarded to 32 communities across Tennessee for local parks and recreation projects. 

Funding is made possible through the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF). Administered by TDEC’s Division of Recreation Resources, LPRF funds may be used for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways, and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. LPRF is a competitive grant program and provides funds via reimbursements for awarded projects with qualified expenses.

 “As a child who grew up playing baseball at Liberty Park, I understand the incredible value the park has to our community,” said State Rep. Dennis Powers, (R-Jacksboro.) “These improvements will ensure future generations can continue to enjoy the same great recreational opportunities that I had in my youth. I congratulate the city on receiving this grant and look forward to the completion of these exciting projects.”

“Parks are a very important part of our communities,” said State Sen. Ken Yager, (R-Kingston.) “I am very pleased these funds are available to expand access to Liberty Park. This park serves as a wonderful outdoor space for our residents, improving the quality of life for our citizens and promoting outdoor activity. I congratulate our local officials who were instrumental in helping secure these funds.”