Three months after completing renovations at Discovery Playground, the city of Tarpon Springs is looking to fund improvements for its sports complex at 150 N. Jasmine Ave.
TARPON SPRINGS – Just three months after renovations were completed on the Discovery Playground, the city is looking to fund more improvements for the Tarpon Springs Sports Complex, located at 150 N. Jasmine Ave.
Currently, the southeast field remains unlit, a problem for anyone who wants to use the park after dark.
Lighting the final field would cost about $150,000, an amount that Tarpon Springs simply doesn’t have. So, instead, the city is pursuing grant funds from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.
Through the state grant program, local governments can apply for a maximum grant of $200,000 to develop or acquire land for public outdoor recreational purposes. For this project, the city would have to match 50 percent of the grant. The rest of the money would come from an Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant, said Judy Staley, the information and research officer with Tarpon Springs.
The grant submission to the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program was due Sept. 30, but the grant won’t be awarded until the spring and money will be dispersed in July, Staley said.
If and when the money comes in, putting in the lights could take up to 60 days.