Bleachers, ball fields, lights and fencing are all things a committee that is working to develop the Thomas Doyle Recreation Park in Cave City want, but in order to get those things, the committee will have to apply for grant funding.
Grant money is being sought from two sources — Dart and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The committee, composed of city council members, chamber of commerce representatives and city residents, met Tuesday night to discuss what it needs to do to complete the grant applications.
Cami Bush, community development director for the city of Cave City, told committee members she needed a cost estimate for the project to include in the grant applications.
Seaborn Ellzey, a city councilman, didn’t think the committee could provide the information because the project is one that will be ongoing for quite some time.
Dwayne Hatcher, mayor, pointed out the committee won’t be able to develop the park all at once, but will have to do it in phases.
“If we can give them figures for fencing [and] for the ball field, that’s a major start,” he said.
Bush suggested submitting a list of things the committee would like to see at the park and estimate how much they will cost. A written description is also needed for the grant applications, which Bush said she is already working to complete.
The deadline for the Dart grant application is March 15, while the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant has to be submitted by April 30.
Committee members discussed forming a board of directors and agreed to appoint Mike Houchens, city councilman, as committee chairman.
They also talked about the need for a master plan for the park. The plan would show where utility lines are at the park, if any, and the types of drainage that might exist.
“I think that would be most helpful to us,” said Lester Carney, city resident. “We don’t want to build this and have a pond in the infield.”
Houchens informed committee members that Fred Higgins, former owner of the Minit Mart convenience store chain, has agreed to help with the master plan and has said he will check into securing lighting for the park.
“I will get a hold of Fred Higgins and see what he can do,” Houchens said.
A public meeting will also need to be held for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant and will more than likely take place in either late March or early April.
Bush also mentioned that it is possible the committee would qualify for area development grant funds, and said she plans to check into the possibility of applying for such grants.
Because the deadline is growing near for the Dart grant application, the committee agreed to meet at 6 p.m. on March 7 to discuss the grant application progress. The meeting will take place at the Bee-Gee Adair/Cave City Community Center on Duke Street.
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