Governor Brian Kemp announced preliminary grant awards Thursday, May 18, totaling more than $225 million for 142 qualified projects that improve neighborhood assets like parks, recreation facilities, sidewalks and healthy food access in communities across the state disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With our partners on both the local and state levels, we’ve prioritized helping Georgia’s communities further recover from the pandemic with a bottom up approach,” said Kemp in a press release. “Today, we’re investing these funds to see that those most heavily impacted have even more resources at their disposal, and I want to thank our partners for helping us make that possible.”
Waynesboro was also awarded $2,200,000 for a proposed project making enhancements to the existing 6th Street Park. The city intends to foster these improvements by decreasing barriers of recreational participation and by promoting and encouraging more citizen access.
The City of Sardis proposed improvements to the existing Girard Avenue Park, built in the late 1950s. The parcel is triangular and is bounded by Chatham Street, Girard Avenue, and Screven Street, just off Charles Perry Ave (SR24), the main thoroughfare through downtown. The park serves an area that has a poverty rate of 29.4%. The city was awarded $647,350 for improvements to the park.
The City of Sardis also proposed improvements to the existing Annie Fluellen Park, located on Bargeron Street, just off Charles Perry Ave (SR24). The city was awarded $621,500 for improvements.
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