Franklin, Arkansas – The Town of Franklin was recently awarded $100,000 of grant funding by The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism and Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders awarded $4.34 million in Outdoor Recreation Grants to projects within 29 counties across the state. The grants fall into two categories: Facilities for Underdeveloped Neighborhoods (FUN) Park grants and matching grants.

“My administration is looking for any opportunity to get kids and families off screens and outdoors. It’s a priority for our whole state,” said Governor Sanders. “This year’s multi-million-dollar investment in playgrounds, park facilities, and more will provide added amenities to communities from the Delta to the Ozarks. It’s all part of my goal to make Arkansas the best state in America to live, work, and raise

The Town of Franklin plans to revamp the town park by updating it to Handicap Accessible. Plans include adding sidewalks, more parking, incorporating new play equipment alongside the existing, creating a safe surface under and around the equipment and repairing the basketball court. The revitalization of the park will allow our community to have a place to relax and create memories with their families.

“These grants provide funding for outdoor gathering places, whether that be facilities at trailheads, community parks, playgrounds and walking trails.” Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Katherine Andrews said, “Creating spaces for Arkansans to enjoy time outdoors builds deeper connections to nature and conservation, supports local economies, keeps us healthier and encourages kids to get outside.”

Louise Williams, Mayor of Franklin, is eager to begin work on the park and is excited to be able to provide a safe place for the families of her small town to come together.


Franklin established in 1847, is an historically rich small town nestled in the Ozark Mountains, in Izard County.

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