On April 28, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced that $404,599.00 in grant funding has been awarded for one landscaping project and 39 playground projects in 25 counties in Kentucky.
Crumb rubber is made from recycled scrap tires and is used for mulch on playgrounds to enhance durability and safety. The surface is also ideal for fitness and walking tracks, landscaping, and athletic fields to reduce soil degradation and increase safety benefits.
The City of Leitchfield, which applied for the grant earlier this year, will use its $13,833.00 grant to resurface the Dewitt Park playground area. Wilkey Elementary’s playground also has a crumb rubber surface.
EEC Secretary Len Peters said the crumb rubber grants program encourages environmental stewardship.
“The Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to support these projects that will use recycled Kentucky waste tires in an environmentally beneficial way and will enhance playground safety for our children across the Commonwealth.”
The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $1.00 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund manages approximately four million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year, and helps develop markets for recycled tire products.