NORFOLK, Neb. -- Renovations for the Johnson Park project received a funding boost Monday.

The City of Norfolk received a $2 million grant, which they plan to use to help fund Johnson Park projects.

The funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and were awarded from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.

In attendance Monday, was Nebraska District 19 Senator Robert Dover. During the meeting, Dover took the opportunity to talk about the importance of projects like Johnson Park.

He also criticized those who say the renovation project is a waste of time and money. 

"Some might say this is a waste of money," Dover said. "I strongly disagree. To those who come here on a regular basis and point fingers accusing the council of being reckless...instead go downtown and have a beer. Have a nice meal with your family, take a walk in the park, listen to the vibe there. I can't remember a time when the downtown was so vibrant, and I know it is there because of people like you (the council) who are here willing to make it happen." 

According to the city council agenda packet, $265,000 will go towards the outdoor ice rink. $425,000 will be used for the splash pad fountain.

As for the other attractions inside the park, $325,000 will be used for the nature playground and $475,000 will go towards the pedestrian bridge.

The remaining funds will be used for general improvements including $60,000 for signage, $50,000 for landscaping, $100,000 for gatehouse improvements, and $300,000 for a concessions area with a restroom.