La Vergne

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has awarded a $161,501 parks and recreation grant to the City of La Vergne for a new park.

The proposed park location is near the Brookside and Farmingdale neighborhoods on the east end of Peak Top Trail and will connect to the end of the Brookside Greenway. The park’s design includes a playground, shelter, soccer practice field and additional parking.

“We are passionate about our city parks and are always looking for ways they can add to the quality of life for our citizens,” La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole said through a city spokesperson. “Developing this trail into a new park for the Brookside-Farmingdale neighborhoods will fill a great need for that side of town.”

“A new neighborhood park will be an excellent addition to La Vergne as it continues to grow,” Sen. Dawn White, R-Murfreesboro, said in a news release. “Parks are incredibly important to communities. They encourage outdoor activities which promote healthier lifestyles. I am glad this park will increase citizens’ accessibility to greenspace, playgrounds, greenways and more.”

The grant is part of $7,584,530 awarded to communities throughout the state from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

Henry Horton State Park greenway

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced a $384,422 recreation trails grant for Henry Horton State Park for a greenway trail.

Henry Horton State Park will use the funds to build a 1.4-mile greenway trail around the day use and hospitality portion of the park. It will be a 60-inch-wide path paved with Porous Pave recycled tire material.

“I am very pleased these significant funds are going towards building a new greenway trail at Henry Horton State Park,” Sen. Shane Reeves, R-Murfreesboro, said in a news release. “This innovative trail made out of recycled tire material will be a tremendous value add to the state park.”