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Parkway Hotel project awarded $100K; Acker Park stage awarded $25K | News

ABERDEEN – To cap off a multifaceted ceremony Thursday evening, Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett shared the news of $125,000 worth of funds that will greatly help two downtown projects – the Parkway Hotel and a new amphitheatre-style stage for Acker Park.

Aberdeen Main Street was the beneficiary of $100,000 from the State of Mississippi, thanks to efforts by District 7 Sen. Hob Bryan. With these funds, Main Street was able to pay off its loan with Renasant Bank for ownership of the hotel.

In working with Columbus developer Chris Chain, Main Street continues to work to attract an investor to renovate the hotel.

Earlier in the day, Mississippi Main Street released a press release explaining its selection for a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training grant for Aberdeen, Baldwyn, New Albany, Water Valley and Columbia.

Jennifer Prather of Mississippi Main Street said through the grant, a team will work with locals to implement a project, which will be a new stage at Acker Park.

National community planning and design firm Orion Planning + Design will work with Aberdeen and the four other Main Street communities to provide technical assistance and training in three phases.

Thursday’s announcements were coupled with dedication ceremonies for Main Street’s new clock and the new Aberdeen mural at Cooperwood Courtyard.

For more information, check out the Nov. 18 edition of the Monroe Journal.

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Ferguson Parks & Recreation awarded much needed field refurbishments from Scotts and MLB | News Headlines

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Young ballplayers in north St. Louis County will soon be able to play on the field of their dreams thanks to a huge upgrade by The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program, which works alongside Major League Baseball.

Each year they award modern, playable youth baseball and softball field refurbishments to local communities. Ferguson Parks & Recreation was one of only four community organizations in the country to receive the grant.

“For something good to happen in the community, it just helps lift everyone’s spirits involved,” said Ferguson Director of Parks & Recreation Dave Musgrave. “Over the past three, four years, the amenities offered there have kind of went downhill due to budget restraints.”

They came across The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program earlier this year and applied for the grant. The panel involved in the selection process included Olympic Gold Medalist and MLB Youth Softball Ambassador Jennie Finch. They were so moved by Ferguson’s request for help that they chose them over nearly 500 other applicants.

“They were definitely of need,” said Finch. “It was so much fun to hop on a call with the youth of the community, just to see their faces light up and how excited they are to have a decent field now to go out and play on.”

The program provided products and services, with a value up to $50,000, renovating their existing ball fields with an infield makeover, and more enhancements such as new pitcher’s mound and home plate.

While they finished the renovations last month, due to the pandemic, they’re hoping to do a ribbon-cutting for the fields this coming spring, just in time for the baseball and softball season.

“It just brings more eye-appeal and it’s more encouraging for them to be able to participate in an environment that’s more appealing,” said Musgrave. “It gives them a little pride in the community I think.”

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