OKLAHOMA CITY —The Johnston County city of Tishomingo received a $75,000 CDBG Century Community Project Award this month to make necessary improvements to the community's park and recreational areas according to state Sen. Jay Paul Gumm and state Rep. Paul Roan.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce/ Office of Community Development announced that 11 towns and cities received the grants this month.

"It is so important for our smaller communities to receive these types of grants because otherwise they might not be able to afford the necessary improvements and renovations in order to help the community grow and prosper," said Gumm, D-Durant.  "I know that these projects have been a long time coming for the people of Tishomingo and I'm so glad that together along with Rep. Roan we were able to get the funding for them."    

According to city manager Jack Yates, the grant will be used for three projects.  The first $20,000 will be used to build a skateboard park.  The location has yet to be determined.  Another $20,000 will be used to renovate the Pennington Creek Lodge.  The improvements will allow residents to have an efficient and convenient place to have weddings, family reunions and other activities in a natural setting.  The final $35,000 will be used to cleanup and make necessary improvements along half a mile of Pennington Creek.  The project will start at Highway 22 and continue south to where the creek leaves the city limits.  There will be road improvements as well as the addition of walking trails, a handicap fishing ramp and picnic areas. 

"These projects have been on our books for years and we are so excited to finally be able to make them a reality for our citizens and business owners," said Yates.  "We're very thankful to Sen. Gumm and Rep. Roan for all of their help in getting these funds."

The city also provided $57,250 for the projects which will benefit nearly 3,200 local residents.

"Thanks to this funding, Tishomingo is going to be able to make some outstanding improvements to its infrastructure," said Rep. Roan, D-Tishomingo.  "These changes will add character and a breath of new life to our community.  I'm very excited about these additions and would like to thank the Department of Commerce for their help in making them possible." 

Funding for the Century Community program, which focuses on Planning and Implementation, is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  By helping communities recognize their assets and challenges, analyzing alternatives and developing a plan to implement it, the program enables communities to recognize opportunity and pursue prosperity through economic renewal.

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