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Grant will help build Old Town Park

Prescott Valley's Old Town Park got another boost toward completion this month when the Arizona Office of Tourism notified the PV Chamber of Commerce that it had successfully won a grant for $50,000 to help complete the Old Town Park project.

The grant will go toward the park's infrastructure - site prep, utilities installation, ramada, pavilion and kiosk signage, said Chamber Director Marnie Uhl said.

Uhl said the grant was for a "bricks and mortar" project, and 28 applicants vied for $500,000 in grant money. The Office of Tourism awarded 12 grants, with the maximum award of $50,000.

Prescott Valley parks and Rec Director Brian Witty and Council members Mary Baker and Lora Lee Nye worked on the project with Uhl.

Because the town does not have money budgeted for the matching portion of the grant, the Old Town Committee will raise the money, Uhl said. The grant has a 25 percent match, of which 15 percent may be "in-kind" donations and 10 percent must be cash, bringing the total amount with the match to $67,000. The community has until June 30, 2010 to complete the work.

Uhl said the grant was easier to obtain because the Old Town Committee had done much of the work in advance.

"They had preliminary drawings and commitments for in-kind donations. We discussed a lot of ideas and using the grant to get started on the park became the best of all of them," she said.

The Old Town Park will be behind the Dairy Queen in the Robert and Tani Road area.

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