Crawford County will get $30,000 for outside Health Court docket at Diamond Heart Park, will pursue different cash for park initiatives

VAN BUREN — Crawford County plans to search for extra money so as to add options at Diamond Heart Park to get residents up and transferring exterior.

The Quorum Court docket voted 11-0 Monday to allocate a $30,000 grant from the Nationwide Health Marketing campaign to go towards building and launch of a brand new Health Court docket — a sort of outside gymnasium the Nationwide Health Marketing campaign works to offer — at Diamond Heart Park on Kibler Highway in Van Buren. The challenge shall be free to make use of and open to the general public by the tip of 2024, in line with the decision.

Justices of the peace additionally permitted making use of for a 50-50 outside recreation matching grant from the Arkansas Division of Parks, Heritage and Tourism for an additional challenge on the identical park.

Kevin Arnold and Brad Martin, who characterize districts 1 and 5 within the county respectively, have been absent.

County Choose Chris Keith mentioned he thinks the Health Court docket could be a “welcome boost,” permitting households to do extra bodily health actions and be collectively outside. The county utilized for the $30,000 grant for gratis to taxpayers a couple of months in the past.

The Nationwide Health Marketing campaign is a wellness consulting agency based mostly in San Francisco devoted to constructing wholesome communities throughout the nation in partnership with well being care suppliers, in line with its LinkedIn profile. It really works with municipalities, colleges and different organizations to fund, construct, promote and activate a “complete neighborhood wellness marketing campaign” based mostly round its Health Court docket and supplies numerous assets and companies to encourage additional outside train.

The Health Court docket has seven “zones” designed to collectively present a full physique exercise in seven minutes, in line with the Nationwide Health Marketing campaign web site. Every zone has instruments devoted to facilitating a definite type of motion for folks of all ages and health ranges. These kinds embody core, squat, push, lunge, pull, agility and bend.

Keith mentioned the Health Court docket would price the county about $175,000-$185,000 general to implement. The county will search further sources of cash to complement the $30,000 grant for the challenge, equivalent to donations and different grants.

“To my information, there is no protocol on with the ability to use different grants together with this grant, however we’ll be going out to totally different people and totally different companies and seeing if we are able to get donations to go ahead with this as effectively,” Keith mentioned after the assembly.

Nonetheless, Keith mentioned the outside recreation matching grant could be used to implement a special challenge at Diamond Heart Park, though the specifics aren’t set in stone but. The county took options from the neighborhood on learn how to use the grant, with a strolling path being one risk. The county will apply for a $100,000 grant.

Elaine Stanfield, administrative assistant to the county choose, mentioned Diamond Heart Park is the county’s solely park facility.

Thomas Saccente could be reached by e mail at [email protected].

Grant deadline

Purposes for outside recreation matching grants for fiscal 2024 must be submitted as a tough copy and postmarked no later than Aug. 25.

Supply: Arkansas Division of Parks, Heritage and Tourism web site


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