BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Main Street Batesville recently received a large grant that will be used to enhance the town's downtown area.
They were awarded $16,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank out of Dallas, TX with the help of their local Merchants and Planters Bank.
Main Street Batesville Executive Director Shannon Haney said they money is a huge help for the nonprofit organization because the extra funds were not budgeted for.
"To have that money that we weren't expecting opens up the door for a lot of other things to be done in that time," Haney said.
The organization plans to pass some of that money along to their downtown merchants in the form of facade grants.
A good amount of it will also go to Maxfield Park, which is now in the second phase of construction.
Phase one included adding a meditation garden with a sculpture, waterfall, and benches; a pavilion; landscaping; and stone work.
"So that's kind of one corner of the park finished," Haney said. "And the next phase will be finishing a play area for the kids and restrooms and a little more landscaping."
Haney said the park acts as a sort of connector between Polk Bayou and the downtown area, so she hopes as recreational opportunities grow so will traffic on Main Street.
"Downtown spills into Maxfield Park, which spills into the bayou, which spills into the White River, which connects to Riverside Park, so it's all kind of the town coming together in a seamless way," Haney said. "You can walk and bike a lot of places and enjoy the outdoor recreation within the city limits."
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