Jonesboro receives grant to fund Craighead Forest Park project

Jonesboro receives grant to fund Craighead Forest Park project

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The city of Jonesboro received a grant to help fund a biking project.

Mayor Herald Perrin announced Jonesboro will be a recipient of the FY 2015 Matching Grant from the Department of Parks and Tourism for $17,500. Those funds will be added with $17,500 in local funds and $5,380 in in-kind services to design and construct a trailhead at Craighead Forest Park. The total cost of the project will be $40,380.

This project was proposed by residents at a public meeting on July 14. Three other public meetings were also held where several ideas were proposed, but this project was chosen for the grant application based on the 2015 fiscal year budget.

Mayor Perrin said the city of Jonesboro has a successful relationship with the Department of Parks and Tourism.

"They really do a lot for our residents and visitors alike, and we sure do appreciate their partnership," Perrin said.

The trailhead project includes a pavilion with a maintenance section, a wash station, tables and benches, bike racks, and sidewalks to connect the pavilion to existing bathrooms.

"This project was very well supported by the biking community, and I think the return on this $40,380 investment will be quite evident," Grants Administrator Heather Clements said.

Parks Director for the city of Jonesboro, Wixon Huffstetler, agreed with Clements.

"This project will benefit not only the residents, but bikers from surrounding communities that come to Jonesboro just to utilize the Craighead Forest Park trails."

The city was also awarded the FY 2013 Matching Grant in the amount of $250,000 for the Miracle League Project.

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