PRICHARD, Ala. (WKRG) — The city of Prichard is getting a huge grant for a community splash pad.  While Mayor Jimmie Gardner is grateful, he says the city needs money to deal with much bigger issues.  “The federal, state dollars, and county dollars as it relates to grants and other systems and infrastructure, we have to find a better way of ensuring other cities, small towns in our region have the same opportunity of receiving these fundings as the larger cities.”

Every year, Prichard city leaders petition the Mobile County Board of Commissioners, the state legislature, and the federal government for money. For example, Prichard has requested additional money to fix broken fire hydrants.

Mayor Gardiner says, “That’s a serious problem with those fire hydrants and infrastructure in and around fire hydrants.  Even when they’re putting new hydrants in, they’re blowing out all over the city.”

Mayor Gardiner says Prichard and other smaller communities in Alabama aren’t getting adequate funding compared to other cities.  He says there’s “100 million dollars in monies for infrastructure, and every other city sitting at the table, got what? Nothing. How do you swallow that?”

The splash pad is expected to be open by the end of this summer.