The Richmond Parks and Recreation Division is seeking to safe three particular person grants to assist improve space parks within the metropolis.
In line with Mason Chamblee with the parks division, one of many grants is a leisure path grant which is able to assist repave the present park trails.
Chamblee additionally hopes to introduce a fruit tree grant to the Richmond Metropolis Fee which would supply for the planting of 30 fruit bushes in native parks.
If the grant is awarded, tree saplings can be offered and planted at Lake Reba and may very well be apple, peach or a mix of bushes.
“We’d obtain them as saplings and the grant would assist fund getting this going and transitioning duty of the bushes as they develop and turn into extra secure,” he mentioned.
The intention, he mentioned, was for the saplings to turn into fruiting bushes and be accessible to anybody within the park to have the ability to take one and eat it.
“This is able to accomplish two targets — so as to add extra bushes to the park and nature-ize the park extra whereas additionally offering contemporary fruit to individuals within the parks — which is a good initiative,” Chamblee mentioned at a Tuesday’s Parks Board assembly.
Earlier than Chamblee can apply for the sapling grant, he plans to take the concept earlier than the fee for approval to start the appliance course of.
The third and ultimate grant Chamblee plans to use for is with the Nationwide Health Marketing campaign for out of doors health gear.
“This one is admittedly thrilling, they reached out to our division first,” he mentioned.
This health grant would supply almost $30,000 for infrastructure and depart greater than $100,000 remaining for funds to be taken care of. Chamblee mentioned the grant typically requires a metropolis match or different sponsorships to assist fund the rest of the venture.
In figuring out areas to position the exercise gear, Chamblee mentioned one space he favored was Irvine McDowell Park as a result of it’s an space that wants extra recreation alternative. The world additionally suits in with the requirement of the grant for areas with excessive visitors areas and a demographic of these in a decrease socioeconomic revenue for households that should not have entry to gear or a gymnasium membership.
“This is able to be one thing nice to get individuals outdoors to train,” he mentioned.
The second location which the division is pondering of inserting the skin gear, could be at Lake Reba.
Tentatively he mentioned set up close to the playground, or on the other aspect of the canine park within the central space of the park.
“However we’re actually hoping for Irvine McDowell due to the longterm plans that we’ve for that space,” Chamblee mentioned.
For extra data, go to the Richmond Parks web site at richmond.ky.us/parks-recreation.
The subsequent Parks Board assembly will held Nov. 10 on the Richmond Lively Residing Heart.
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