Gov. Mike Beebe presents Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter with a grant check for $12,500 from the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to help pay for a basketball court at Mulberry City Park. Also at the presentation (from left) are ARDC Commissioner Lonnie Turner, Kay Baxter, ARDC Commissioner Bood Keathley, ARDC Chair Lynn Hawkins and Department of Rural Services Director John Andrews.
Mulberry received a $12,500 Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant to help build a basketball court as part of their new city park facilities.
Mulberry was granted $20,000 in matching funds from United Way months ago to go toward building the court, but city officials have previously not been able to find the needed additional money.
Gov. Mike Beebe and Rural Services Director John Andrews presented at total of $166,000 in grant monies to 34 rural communities at a ceremony Oct. 8 at the State Capitol, according to a news release from the Department of Rural Services.
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.