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Ivey awards funds to replace bridge

Last week, Gov. Kay Ivey awarded the City of Brewton $419,318. Awarding a total of $2.58 million state-wide, the funds will improve parks and recreational areas in seven cities and one state park.

These funds, from the federal Recreational Trails Program, will build new trails and improve existing ones and, in another case, will improve water access for boaters and recreational fishers.

“Our trails and parks are wonderful invitations for folks to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Alabama,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am delighted to award these grants, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of what our state has to offer in terms of recreation, nature and wonderful scenery.”

Gov. Ivey awarded the grants from funds made available to the state from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the program in Alabama.

“Trails promote recreation, family outings and help us learn about nature and the environment,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey and these recipients in making their communities better places to live.”

ADECA manages a wide range of grants and programs that support law enforcement, economic development, workforce development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.   

Locally, the funds will contribute to the 19-year-old wooden pedestrian bridge, located between Jennings and O’Bannon parks. The city plans to use more durable aluminum for the bridge decking and rails.

Other areas among the list included Tuscaloosa, Lakepoint State Park Resort, Camden, Dothan, Slocomb, Foley, and Gulf Shores.