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The city of Hernando will apply for a $100,000 outdoor recreation grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to get started a new skate park.

The 6,080-square-foot skate project will be located on the city’s Renasant Park property, still vacant after three years. Lack of funds have been holding up projects on the tract off U.S. Highway 51 south of the courthouse square.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1oI0J2k ) the city’s share of the cost will be $200. Another $27,000 will come from the Hernando Skates community support group.

“I’m excited,” said Ed Pidgeon of Hernando Skates. “We’re applying for the third time, and we hope this is the charm.”

Pidgeon said the city just a few years ago received a state recreation grant that was used for resurfacing the running-walking track at the Sports and Fitness Park.

“I’d love to see the first groundbreaking there,” said Alderman Gary Higdon, a member of the city’s parks committee. “Those guys have worked so hard.”

http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20140311/NEWS/303110037/Hernando-chasing-funds-skate-park

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