Sycamore Shoals gets portion of TDEC grant

From Staff Reports

   Historic Sycamore Shoals State Park will receive $3,500 to fund renovation of the park's visitors' center through a grant totaling more than $2.3 million awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to 46 state parks.
   Environment and Conservation Commissioner Betsy L. Child and Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Jim Fyke announced the grants last week.
   The grants, totaling $2,373,875, were distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Tennessee state parks for renovation and acquisition.
   State Rep. Jerome Cochran, R-Elizabethton, expressed his appreciation of Sycamore Shoals' inclusion in TDEC's grant awards.
   "Visitors to the park will appreciate the upgrade at the facility," said Cochran. "Sycamore Shoals is a great place for friends and families to gather, and I'm glad the state could play a part in improving the park."
   The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 was established through public law to provide equally matching grants to local governments and state ag
encies for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas.
   The grant programs are supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by TDEC's Division of Community Assistance. The TSWM fund receives its revenues from a state surcharge fee on every ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state.
   "The renovation grants represent much needed assistance and a major step towards restoring our state parks to their original condition," Fyke added.
   The 44 renovation project grants will be matched with state park access fee funds, and two land acquisition grants will be matched by the state Lands Acquisition Fund.