Photo by Naomi Hatch
Crews pour a cement slab that will provide handicap access to East Taylor Park. The project was funded through Community Development Block Grant the town receives every four years. Handicapped accessibility work was also done at Freeman Park.
By Naomi Hatch
The Town of Taylor qualified for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund the addition of handicapped access at Freeman Park and East Taylor Park, and workers are wrapping up the projects.
CDBGs are distributed to four rural councils of governments in Arizona, including for this area the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), based on a formulation of poverty and population. NACOG distributes funds on a four-year rotation schedule, and Taylor is part of that cycle.
Projects go through a process before they are approved, and they must meet at least one of the three national objectives authorized in Title I by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Those qualifications include: at least 51 percent of the persons benefiting from the project must be low to moderate income; the project must aid in the prevention of slums or blight; or the project must solve an urgent need health hazard.
Work began in early March to add a slab that would provide handicapped accessibility off the walking path to the multipurpose soccer and sports field at Freeman Park, and a 25’ slab to the north side.
At East Taylor Park they added onto the sidewalk and a slab to provide better handicapped access into the park from the Center Street sidewalk and from the west side of the park.
“Because we got such a good deal, we did work at town hall,” said Town Manager Gus Lundberg, noting that they put in a walkway on the north side, and will soon be landscaping that area.