Pelham moving forward with park upgrades

Pelham Parks and Recreation officials are set to begin upgrading the facilities at three of the city’s parks, after the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs approved a more than $23,000 grant for the projects.

The city applied for the grant several weeks ago to fund additions and repairs at Pelham City Park, Coker Park and Fun Go Holler Park.

With the grant money, the city will be able to install concrete slab picnic areas, tables and grills at Coker Park, which is off Shelby County 72, and at Fun Go Holler Park, which is near the Pelham Racquet Club.

Although Pelham crews recently restored nine damaged tennis courts at Pelham City Park, the grant will help offset the cost of the restorations, said Pelham Parks and Recreation Director Billy Crandall.

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley praised Pelham’s parks, and said he was glad the state could help out.

“Public parks bring communities together for outdoor fun, and are a great place to enjoy being with friends and family,” Riley said. “I am pleased to announce funding for this project.”

Coker and Fun Go Holler parks will remain open while city crews install the picnic-area upgrades, which could begin in the next few weeks.

“I’m proud to support projects like this that enhance the quality of life in Pelham,” said State Rep. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, who helped the city secure the grant. “This grant is an investment in the community.”