Five Greenville County parks could be getting a $1 million face-lift.
Bob Mihalic, governmental affairs coordinator, said the county has applied for $500,000 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to renovate restrooms, picnic shelters, parking lots and other facilities at the following parks: Westside Park in Berea, Lakeside Park in Piedmont, Northside Park near Paris Mountain, Pleasant Ridge Park in Marietta and Southside Park in Simpsonville.
The county has committed an additional $500,000 to match grant funding for a total of $1 million, Mihalic said.
The bulk of the funding will go toward improving the picnic shelters and restrooms to meet federal disability access requirements, Mihalic said.
Several of the parks could also get new grilling areas and updated lighting.
“Everything that’s being done was on our to-do list,” Mihalic said.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal program that provides matching grants for the acquisition or development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The grant requires a 50% match from state or local governments.