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State Awards $500K in Outdoor Recreation Grants

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State officials on Wednesday presented $500,000 in Outdoor Recreation Grants to projects in seven counties across Arkansas.

The grants were awarded through the Great Strides program, which was revived by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ administration after going dormant in 2017. Funding comes from Arkansas’ Tobacco Settlement Fund.

Grant recipients will use the money to establish health and fitness trails that encourage physical activity and provide health benefits through safe and easily-accessible facilities.

The recipients, grant amounts and project sites are:

  • Emerson, $93,735, Purple Hull Pea Park
  • Humnoke, $43,942, City of Humnoke Park Trail
  • Brinkley, $66,340, Brinkley City Park
  • Alexander, $96,990, Alexander City Park
  • Lewisville, $99,857, Lewisville City Park
  • Sevier County, $8330.08, DeQueen Lake Trail
  • Tyronza, $78,424, Tyronza Park

“What these projects lack in size they make up for in impact,” Sanders said in a statement. “This program goes a long way toward making sure that every corner of Arkansas – not just a few big cities – is a great place to live and raise a family.”




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