Corbett announces grant for Crawford Park lights

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By Toni Stauffer

During last week’s Russell County Commission meeting, Commissioner Chance Corbett (Div. 6), announced the award of a $5,000 competitive grant from the Wiregrass RC&D, given to help with community projects. Corbett had applied for the grant as part of the Crawford Park Project, an improvement plan set in motion several years ago.

Since improvements have been made, the park has become a popular spot for walkers and events. “Let There Be Light on the Crawford Park Walking Trail” is the name given by the County to the project. Corbett said they wanted people to be able to walk the trail safely in low-light conditions.

The County has promised to match funds in maintenance and labor, and has a year to spend the money. Corbett said they plan to jump on the project pretty quickly, because of upcoming events like live nativity scenes put on by local churches in the park, as well as Market Days.

A new project is on the horizon as the County begins to find ways to fund a large, community Gazebo it hopes to build in the field next to the walking trail for events like weddings, birthday parties, etc. The plan for the gazebo is still in the early stages.