Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
Governor announces $1 million in crumb rubber grants

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 14, 2008  
Contact Information:  Mark York, 502-564-3350  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 16, 2008) – Governor Steve Beshear announced recipients of 43 crumb rubber grants totaling almost $1 million today, kicking off Kentucky’s celebration of Earth Week.

Beshear said the crumb rubber grants program encourages environmental stewardship. 

“Recycling used to be seen as strictly an environmental action,” Governor Beshear said.  “Today recycling has become an economic issue.  Recycling isn’t just good for the environment, it makes sense economically,” Governor Beshear said.

Governor Beshear also signed a proclamation designating April 16-22 as Earth Week in Kentucky. State government’s Earth Week theme – Environmental Leadership: Go for the Green – encourages Kentuckians to take a look at their daily habits that contribute to our environment’s declining health. 

Grants this year are going to projects involving playgrounds, athletic fields, fitness/walking tracks, a gym floor and even horse stall matting--a University of Kentucky Research Foundation project at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $1 fee from each sale of a new tire in the state. The fund is dedicated to managing the 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and to developing markets for recycled tire products. The program is administered by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.

Crumb rubber, made from recycled scrap tires, is used for mulch on playgrounds, for fitness/walking tracks, landscaping and for reduction in soil degradation on athletic fields.

Recipients in this round of funding, by county, are:

  • ADAIR -- Donna Bryant, Dollhouse Daycare of Columbia Inc., playground, $16,771.
  • BATH -- Bath County High School, football field, $32,812; Bath County Middle School, athletic field, $32,812.
  • BOONE -- city of Florence, Lincoln Woods Park, playground, $30,450.
  • BOYD -- Ashland Child Development Inc., playground, $6,000.; Boyd County Schools, Ponderosa Elementary School, two playgrounds/walking track, $19,214.
  • BOYLE -- Danville First Church of God, playground, $7,647.
  • BRACKEN -- Taylor Elementary and Bracken County middle schools, two playgrounds,
  • BUTLER -- city of Morgantown, Charles T. Black City Park, playground and baseball field, $20,100.
  • CALLOWAY -- Calloway County High School, football field, $23,625.
  • CAMPBELL -- Anna Youtsey, The Child Connection Day Care, playground, $9,438.
  • CARROLL -- Christian Academy of Carrollton, gymnasium floor, $42,355.
  • DAVIESS -- Edna Marie Cox, Kids Town Family Development Center, playground, $6,258; St. Pius X Catholic Church, St. Pius X Daycare, playground, $16,800.
  • ELLIOTT -- Lakeside Elementary School, fitness trail, $43,312.
  • FAYETTE – University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Kentucky Horse Park, horse stall matting, $5,179.
  • FRANKLIN -- Little Lamb Pre-School, playground, $22,000; Little Lamb Pre-School II, playground, $19,750.
  • GREEN -- Greensburg Elementary School, playground, $6,993.
  • HENRY -- Eminence Independent Schools, Eminence Independent Elementary, playground, $31,005.
  • HOPKINS -- city of Earlington, Earlington City Park, playground, $14,740.
  • LARUE -- Laugh-n-Learn Childcare Center Inc., playground, $11,420.
  • LEWIS -- Kiddie Kastle Daycare, playground, $10,833; Tollesboro Elementary, playground, $52,677.
  • LYON -- city of Eddyville, Eddyville City Park, playground, $15,075.
  • MARTIN -- Eden Elementary School, playground, $40,000; Warfield Elementary, playground, $23,250.
  • MCCREARY -- Christian Appalachian Project Inc., Eagle Child and Family Development Center, two playgrounds, $35,835.
  • METCALFE -- North Metcalfe Elementary, playground, $7,968.
  • MUHLENBERG -- city of Central City, Central City Park, playground, $6,982.
  • OHIO -- city of Beaver Dam, Oldham Park, playground, $13,916.
  • OLDHAM -- Oldham County Fiscal Court, Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department, playground, $22,270.
  • OWSLEY -- Owsley County Elementary School, playground, $27,039.
  • PERRY -- Hazard Independent, Walkertown Elementary School, playgrounds, $70,766; Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, Starland Child Development Center, playground, $6,067.
  • PIKE -- Pike County Central High School, multi-use athletic field, $35,062.
  • POWELL -- Clay City Elementary, walking track, $2,928.
  • SCOTT -- Scott County High School, physical education/sports practice area, $44,115.
  • SHELBY -- Shelbyville Community Church, Shelbyville Community Day Care, playground, $21,000.
  • UNION -- Uniontown Park/Uniontown Elementary School, two playgrounds, $38,820.
  • WAYNE -- Monticello Independent School, two playgrounds, $44,726.
  • WEBSTER -- city of Providence, Westerfield Park, playground, $25,816; Clay Elementary, playground, $16,466.

Kentuckians will join others across the world in celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. Spearheaded by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, a number of state agencies, local governments, businesses and organizations have joined together to celebrate Earth Day in the commonwealth. Some of these partners have organized environmental activities throughout the month of April while others are providing information and resources on protecting Kentucky's environment. Visit www.earthday.ky.gov.