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March 2--  Two projects to renovate public parks in Vidalia and Lyons have  been approved for submission to the federal government for funding.

State Senator Blake Tillery of Vidalia reports an $89,000 project for Hallmark Park in Lyons and another for $35,000 to replace playground equipment at the Ed Smith Recreation Complex in Vidalia is being recommended by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for funding.

The state will ask the U.S. Department of the Interior to provide a grant from the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund.

"These projects represent positive improvements to our public spaces that these communities have sought for years,” said Sen. Tillery. “They encourage our children to go outside, experience the outdoors, and hopefully promote long-term wellness. I’m excited to see the benefits of these investments in these neighborhoods.”