Seven Arkansas counties receive grants for outdoor recreation

Seven Arkansas counties receive grants for outdoor recreation

On Wednesday, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined other state officials in presenting $500,000 in grants for outdoor recreation projects in seven Arkansas counties.

This came after the Sanders administration revived the Great Strides program after it was shut down in 2017. Funding for the grants comes from Arkansas’ Tobacco Settlement Fund.

“Great Strides is back and better than ever. I know that when deciding which applications to accept, the Grant Applications Committee placed a special emphasis on smaller Arkansas communities that don’t have great access to outdoor recreation. What these projects lack in scale, they make up for in impact. This program goes a long way in making every corner of Arkansas – not just a few big cities – a great place to live and raise a family,” Governor Sanders said in a statement.

“The funds we are distributing today will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for Arkansans across the state and increase access to outdoor recreation,” said Shea Lewis, Secretary of Heritage and Tourism. “Working with the Department of Health is an opportunity for a great partnership where we can leverage each other’s expertise and skills to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle for our residents and visitors.”

The areas receiving Great Strides funding in 2024 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

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