GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — The Town of Grant is working to make what was years worth of discussion a reality.
In the town park in Grant, a stretch of land is bare and stripped. It’s where the former swimming pool used to be. Now filled in, it is the groundwork for a new recreation center.
Town Mayor Larry Walker says the recreational facilities available to the residents currently are mainly used in the warmer months. “So really there are no recreational programs for young people, so we wanted to have a building so we could use it during the winter and year round,” Mayor Walker says.
The facility will span a large area in the park. The plans include a gym and courts, a walking area, physical fitness area and a common room to name a few.
Town leaders also hope to include programs for kids and adults.
The town has been talking about this for the last several years and saving up for it, but it’s taken several procedures to make it happen. The park was established through a federal grant. “So in order to place an indoor facility on it, we had to get permission from ADECA and the National Park Service,” Mayor Walker says.
The final approval came in about last month, and now the town is moving forward and hopes to put out bids in the next few months.
Mayor Walker says the final estimate for the building’s cost is not finalized. He says if all goes well, they hope to have the center up and running by the end of the year.