Friday, July 22, 2016

Apalachicola receives $100K check for new playground

(L-R) City Commissioners Frank Cook, Brenda Ash, Mitchell Bartley and
Jimmy Elliott, along with Joshua Hodson, Florida State Park Manager,
Mayor Van Johnson and City Administrator Lee Mathes.
Photo by Pam Lewis

The Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners received a $100,000 check from Joshua Hodson, Park Manager with the Florida Park Service during the commission special scheduled meeting and workshop held Wednesday night.

The check was the result of a successful grant written by former City Administrator Betty Webb to the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The purpose of the grant is to fund the construction of a new playground; complete with playground equipment, benches and a splash pad near the main entrance of the City of Apalachicola Project Impact After-School and Summer Enrichment Program. Located at the Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., Recreation & Community Service Complex. With the check in hand the city can now begin the design and construction of the new playground, which should be completed and placed into service by the summer of 2017.

Thanks also goes to the Franklin County Legislative Delegation, which consists of State Senator Bill Montford and State Representative Halsey Beshears for assisting the city obtain the grant, which will provide more outdoor recreational opportunities for both the residents of Apalachicola and visitors alike.