White Sulphur Springs Awarded $50,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant for Springs Park Renovation
Large funds acquired for local park renewal.
In an exciting development, White Sulphur Springs has been selected as one of the 25 recipients of T-Mobile's Hometown Grant, securing $50,000 for the much-anticipated renovation of Springs Park. This grant will fund a comprehensive redesign of the park, including ADA-accessible parking, improved access to the Rotary Picnic Shelter, and new playground equipment for youth to enjoy. The end goal of the new project is to create a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable space for residents of all ages and abilities throughout the year. The funding comes as a part of T-Mobile's Hometown Grants program, in which the City of White Sulphur Springs submitted a winning proposal earlier this year. The nationwide program aims to support small and rurally located towns by funding projects that foster community growth and prosperity, such as a park renovation. Since the program's inception in April 2021, T-Mobile has awarded over $13 million to 300 communities in 47 states. Each quarter of the year, T-Mobile selects 25 small towns with populations of 50,000 or less to receive these grants. This quarter, following the City’s grant proposal, White Sulphur Springs is one of the few and carefully chosen winners. With the astonishing T-Mobile grant, Jennifer Frazer, a dedicated community volunteer, expressed her enthusiasm: “This financial opportunity from T-Mobile is a game-changer for our small town. Small towns in Montana don’t have the revenue sources to maintain their parks, let alone renovate them.“ Frazer further noted that the opportunity to renovate the Springs Park is significant, especially considering that the playground equipment has been in use since the 1960s. Tressa Bair, Chair of the White Sulphur Springs Parks Advisory Committee, also shared her exuberance, noting especially the City’s newfound capacity to supply a sound space for youth of the region following the upcoming renovations. Blair went on to state, “I am so excited that we will have the ability to provide safe and appropriate areas for children of all ages to play and enjoy our parks.” Pattie Berg, City Council Member and Parks Advisory Liaison, also added her gratitude, “Thanks to assistance from T-Mobile, the Springs Park Renovation project will be a shining star which will serve the community, the county, and the traveling public for decades to come.” The announcement was made by the White Sulphur Springs Parks Advisory Committee and T-Mobile today at the weekly Farmers Market on Main Street of White Sulphur Springs. The check presentation was held at 4:00 p.m. with numerous locals in attendance, marking a significant moment for the community as they gathered to witness and celebrate this important contribution.