Town to receive $500,000 grant for Mayor Bob Leonard Park

Farragut will receive a $500,000 grant from the state of Tennessee for various projects at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

“I am thrilled for the town of Farragut and the surrounding community. This will be a wonderful and needed renovation to the Town’s second park,” Sue Stuhl, Town Parks and Leisure Services director, said.

The grant requires a 50 percent match by the Town.

Stuhl said the grant would help pay for the conversion of rectangular field No. 3 from natural to synthetic turf. She also said it would help pay for enlargement of the park’s restrooms.

“It has yet to be determined if the restroom will be renovated or razed and reconstructed, but it will be located in the same area, and we will use the concession stand area and the picnic table area to enlarge the facility,” Stuhl said.

She said the grant also would help pay for additional parking surrounding the east baseball field along Watt Road.

Stuhl said Farragut’s grant is a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant administered by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

A TDEC press release stated grant recipients were selected through a scoring process with careful consideration given to the projects that met the selection criteria and expressed the greatest local recreation need.

“... The staff works hard to make sure that grant applications are submitted following all the rules and regulations of the grantor, and we work diligently to make sure that we complete the project before deadlines and without major issues so we have a good history,” Stuhl said.