Blountsville gets grants;

more to come

Grant grabbers. (Front row, from left) Blountsville council member Dennis Beavers, Mayor Michael Glass, and council member Dicey Childers; (back row, from left) council members Barry Smith, Larry Newman, and Kenny Mullins. Not shown: state Rep. Randall Shedd and state Sen. Clay Scofield who both contributed to the team effort.

Grant grabbers. (Front row, from left) Blountsville council member Dennis Beavers, Mayor Michael Glass, and council member Dicey Childers; (back row, from left) council members Barry Smith, Larry Newman, and Kenny Mullins. Not shown: state Rep. Randall Shedd and state Sen. Clay Scofield who both contributed to the team effort.

Both parks owned by the Town of Blountsville – the Blountsville Recreational Park and the Blountsville Historical Park – will get needed improvements in 2015.

The Recreational Park will get a new, large pavilion on the park’s upper level, funded by an Auburn University Grass Roots Initiative grant of $5,500, plus a town match of $1,500, to be funded by another grant it has applied for.

“Getting the basic structure up will allow picnics for senior citizens and youth leagues,” said council member and town parks representive Dennis Beavers. He said planners hope to get additional grant funds to convert the pavilion to a lodge-type structure for year-round use.

Baseball fields at the park will also be renovated with backstop and dugout replacement as well as lighting upgrades in the planning stages.

The Historical Park will get the benefit of a $10,000 grant awarded to Blountsville by Cawaco Resource Conservation and Devel-opment organization for 1500 feet of pipe to connect the town’s existing sewer system to the system at the park. The up-grade will increase the park’s capacity to host public events, to provide historic education, and to expand the town’s recreational and economic opportunities.

Cawaco is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports educational and community projects in central Alabama.

“We feel like we will get more assistance from other partners to continue enhancing the Historical Park,” Childers said.

“There are many people working together and we are beginning to see the results of much hard work,” said Glass.“Many thanks go to those who have worked on grant applications. (These) projects…will benefit all citizens in our town and community,” he added.

The work to improve parks complements other recent efforts to renovate the town’s business district with new lighting and attractive landscaping.