NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) announced today that the City of Byrdstown will receive a major $250,000 Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant from the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  The funds will be used for the construction of Byrdstown Community Park.

“Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said Senator Yager.  “They not only serve as wonderful outdoor space for our citizens, but have a beneficial financial impact by inviting visitors to our communities.  I congratulate our local officials who were instrumental in helping secure these funds.”

“This is a sizable parks and recreation grant,” added Rep. Keisling. “It will make a tremendous difference in moving this project forward.  We will continue our efforts to ensure that Pickett County receives its share of state and federal funds.”

The Tennessee General Assembly established the LPRF grant program in 1991 to provide local governments with funds to enhance and expand outstanding recreational projects such as parks, community centers, ball fields and playgrounds. The grants are administered through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  The funds may also be used for the development of trails and natural areas or greenways.  All LPRF grants require a 50 percent match by the recipient.