John Barnes Park, Ardmore, TN
What was Funded
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation awarded a 50/50 matching LWCF grant for the park’s splash pad and to add features and improvements to make the park more accessible for people with disabilities. The improvements will include walkways, parking spaces, and ramps. Together, the improvements will help expand the accessibility at the park. Splash pads are a type of aquatic play environment that maximize cognitive and sensory stimulation. They are also easily accessed by people who use mobility devices (providing they are water-friendly) without the need to transfer from the device. Their zero depth water activities also do not require lifeguard supervision.
About the Match
The grant is valued at $37,500, with the city providing another $37,500 to complete the project.
“I am glad these funds are available to help encourage outdoor activity at the splash pad and playground in Ardmore,” Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, said. “This project will bring the community together and help encourage outdoor activities which promote a healthier lifestyle by fighting childhood obesity, improving immune function and resulting in better overall mental and physical health. I appreciate the local officials who worked to secure these funds for our community.”