The Elizabethtown City Council approved a grant submission that would target low to moderate income neighborhoods underserved with respect to parks and other outdoor recreation resources.

The money, should it be granted, would be used to build pocket parks in Elizabethtown. The National Recreation and Park Association defines a pocket park as a small outdoor space, usually no more than a quarter acre, usually only a few house lots in size or smaller, most often located in an urban area surrounded by commercial buildings or houses on small lots with few places for people to gather, relax or to enjoy the outdoors.

“I’m excited about this opportunity for us,” Councilman Matt Deneen said during Monday’s meeting.

The grant is through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program — part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Parks and Recreation Director Seth Breitner informed council members of the grant opportunity during the July 26 work session.

According to Breitner, five areas in Kentucky eligible are for this grant. Elizabethtown is one of them. The other areas are Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or

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