Greenville awarded $250,000 grant

Published 10:53 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

The City of Greenville was awarded 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 was awarded a $250,000 grant on Wednesday to fund improvements to two parks.

The city will use the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to make health and safety improvements at Dunbar Park and Beeland Park Complex and Recreation Center.

At Beeland Park, the city will bury utility lines, renovate the restrooms at the recreation center and upgrade the press box, concession stand and restrooms at the baseball and softball complex.

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At Dunbar Park, the city will install new lighting at Dunbar’s Field No. 2 and No. 3 and construct a pavilion and picnic area.

“This is pretty good news,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said. “We’re real excited. This grant will give us the chance to do some things that we would eventually have to have done anyway.”

McLendon said the city had plans to budget for the projects, but will now be able to use that money for other things.

“This is really a $250,000 savings for the City of Greenville,” McLendon said.

Along with Greenville, Gov. Robert Bentley also awarded a $350,000 grant to the Town of McKenzie to improve public water service and a $250,000 grant was awarded to the Town of Fort Deposit to build a new senior citizen center.

“These grants represent important investments in Alabama communities,” Bentley said. “I know these improvements will make this area of Alabama an even better place to call home.”