By Rod Guajardo
TUPELO – City leaders are hoping to receive a $150,000 grant for a splash pad that will help the leave its budget less soaked.
The city will apply for a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to help defray the costs of a splash pad planned for Theron Nichols Park in southwest Tupelo.
The cost for the splash pad – a water feature that shoots multiple streams simultaneously – is already factored into the city’s five-year capital plan, Mayor Jason Shelton said.
The city budgeted $400,000 for the facility during the 2016 fiscal year allotment of the plan.
Shelton said the $150,000 MDWFP grant would simply help take a chunk out of the total amount the city would pay for the project.
The splash pad at Theron Nichols has moved through the city’s capital projects budget in the last few years with some city leaders saying that more time-sensitive projects needed quicker funding consideration.
The LWCF program was established to stimulate a nationwide action program to assist in preserving and developing outdoor recreation resources. Federal funds are appropriated by Congress through the Department of Interior and administered on the federal level by National Park Service and on the state level by the MDWFP.