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Milton pursues grant for Providence Park

Funds would be used to construct bathroom



MILTON, Ga. — When Milton residents gathered for to give public input for the Providence Park Master Plan, many suggested they would like to see a permanent bathroom structure in place. The city has now taken the first step in that direction.

The city is seeking a federal grant through the Department of Natural Resources that would match the city’s expenditures, up to $100,000, on building permanent bathroom facilities at Providence Park.

At last Monday’s City Council meeting, a pre-application was approved for the grant.

It will still be nearly a year before the city can be awarded funding. The DNR will review submissions with evaluation criteria from November through February. The cities earning the highest ranking score will then submit formal applications, and on-site inspections will be completed by the DNR.

Recipient cities will be announced next September.

While the city continues developing its Providence Park Master Plan, Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cregge said the bathroom facility will be supplemental to that plan.

The initial design for the bathroom structure places it near the current parking lot.

In an effort to be more environmentally-friendly, the bathrooms would be self-composting as opposed to running on septic or sewer.

Georgia is projected to receive $2.7-$4.3 million in federal funding from the DNR’s Land and Water Conservation Fund in the 2017-18 funding cycle.

The fund assists states and local governments in acquiring lands and developing outdoor recreation facilities.

Since fiscal year 2000, Georgia has received over $23 million in funding through the federal program.

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