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City seeking grant to upgrade parks

The City of Greenville is seeking a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant to fund needed repairs at Beeland Park Complex and Dunbar Park, including sanitizing and remodeling the restrooms at Dunbar Park. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

The City of Greenville is seeking a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund needed repairs at Beeland Park Complex and Dunbar Park.

According to a resolution passed by the Greenville City Council on Monday, the funds would be used to make “recreational health and safety improvements” to the facilities.

If awarded the grant, the City would be required to pay a $25,000 match.

According to City Clerk Sue Arnold, the City has prepared a “wish list” of projects the money would be used to complete.

“The biggest thing is we would bury the overhead wiring at both parks,” she said. “At Beeland Park we are OK except that on the hill behind the recreation center in the pavilion area we have some overhead wires that we’d like to get underground.”

Other projects on the list include sanitizing and remodeling the bathrooms at Beeland Park and Dunbar Park, installing new lighting at Dunbar’s Field No. 2 and No. 3, repairing the press box at Beeland Park and installing new fencing at Dunbar Park.

There are also plans to add a family restroom to the bathroom facilities at Dunbar Park.

“We hope to do a complete overhaul of those facilities,” Arnold said. “We have so many families with young children that use that park because of tee ball, we’d like to add a family restroom to make it more convenient for family’s with young children. We’re also looking at replacing all of the doors, partitions, commodes and sinks.”

The City will learn in late August if it has been awarded the grant.