Almost a million dollars is coming to Blount County for some needed improvements to outdoor living.
Gov. Bill Haslam announced a $250,000 grand to improve the John Sevier Pool in Maryville and more than $721,000 to improve the greenway system in Alcoa.
"Building new trails and sidewalks and improving a community pool helps promote recreational and healthy ways for residents and visitors to get out and enjoy their neighborhoods, and they're important to making Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family," Haslam said.
The grant for the pool will go towards replacing the roof on the 44-year-old facility, adding a handicap accessible ramp to the pool and updating the lifeguard quarters. The money comes from the Local Park and Recreation Fund of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It will be matched by the city of Maryville.
The $721,212 grant to Alcoa is from Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for its Pedestrian Extension Project. It will construct 1.6 miles of trail and 10 sidewalk sections that will parallel N. Wright Road, Cusick Road, and Airport Plaza Boulevard. The project will include new striping, crosswalks, pavement markings, and pedestrian signals at appropriate road crossings.