Magistrate Hubert Pollett, who also is chairman of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board, said local parks "bring a little life" to small Shelby County communities, like Finchville.
That is one of the reasons Shelby County Fiscal Court voted earlier this year to match a federal grant that is slated to go for buying 11.74 acres in that southwestern hamlet.The land, next to the Finchville Ruritan Club
, would be transformed to a community park.The federal grant came through this month, Pollett said, and the only thing left is for property owner Morton Quickert to sell.
"One of our main goals, as far as the parks, is to establish a park system" in smaller communities, Pollett
said."That's kind of a vision, but you have to be realistic, too.If you can't get money for land, you can't go much further in expansion."
The federal grant is $75,000.Combined with the court's match, Pollett
said that amount would not only snag the property, but allow leftover money for improvements.
said a soccer or ball field is possible.The board will listen to residents.
"The people in Finchville are great people," Pollett
said."The (old) school (now Ruritan Club) was going down and the people in the community rose up and took it over."
The parks board also forged a deal with the Mount Eden Ruritan Club
to help that community.At Mount Eden, the parks board established and maintains a soccer field on the Ruritan's land.Pollett
the parks board plans to organize a intercounty soccer tournament there.
The parks board also has looked to help the Simpsonville park behind the Simpsonvillle Community Center.The board envisions a water fountain park there, but lack of money is holding up the project.
"We don't have a penny," Pollett
said of the parks board.