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Lions Park reno in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD — The city is envisioning a $2 million phased improve to a preferred municipal park that requires the addition of a number of new leisure facilities together with ball courts, everlasting bogs and a splashpad.

The proposed burnishing of Lions Park could be paid for with a mix of state grant and municipal funding with work going down in phased segments over a five-year interval, First Selectman Kevin Cunningham stated on Wednesday.

“We already have a lot of recreational activities in town and this would be a way to offer the community more,” he stated.

The Board of Selectmen on Monday accepted the submission of a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program, or STEAP, grant for as much as $480,000 for the primary part of the challenge with the city able to kick in $121,000 in matching funds.

Bethany Gallup, 4, of Griswold, pushed her twin sister Eliana Monday at Plainfield Lions Park. The town has applied for a grant for improvements to the park next to Plainfield Town Hall.

Jordan Lumpkins, the city’s grant author, stated the STEAP utility was the primary the city has submitted in years.

“This is a highly competitive grant, but because we have matching funds it makes it more attractive to the state,” he stated. “It shows the town and community are willing to fund these kinds of projects and that’s something the state wants to see when they review the applications.”

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