News Release 275
Candidates announced for federal parks and recreation grants
Volume 38-275 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
JEFFERSON CITY, MAY 4, 2010 – The Department of Natural Resources has announced that 11 Missouri communities will be recommended to the National Park Service to receive more than $600,000 in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. The grants are part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is a federal program that can be used to acquire, develop and renovate outdoor recreation projects.
"Missouri's many outdoor recreation opportunities provide great places for children to explore nature and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family," said Bill Bryan, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks. "These grants will assist Missouri communities in providing facilities that can be used for healthy recreational opportunities for Missourians of all ages."
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources received 21 applications requesting more than $1.1 million in grant funding. The State Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation made the award recommendations. Recommendations went to projects with the highest score based on meeting the recreational needs of the communities, planning goals and unique or specific attributes. All projects require a 55 percent match. The funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Interior's National Park Service and the National Park Service must approve the recommendations before the grants are awarded.
Following is a list of grant recipients recommended, along with the projects and grant amounts:
- Cape Girardeau County, Melaina's Magical Playland, $75,000.
- City of Marshfield, Del Massey Park Restoration and Development, $75,000.
- City of Gladstone, Renovation of Playground at Happy Rock Park, $60,750.
- City of University City, Playground Renovation at Mooney Park, $75,000.
- Seneca R-7 School District/City of Seneca, Seneca Multi-Recreational Park, $75,000.
- City of Higginsville, Girls Softball Field Renovation and ADA Parking Improvements, $46,000.
- St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation, Bon Oak Park Playground Replacement, $30,150.
- City of Columbia, Atkins Baseball Complex, $75,000.
- City of Hermann, Hermann City Park Tennis Court and Swimming Pool Renovation, $35,280.
- City of Warsaw, Drake Harbor Outdoor Amphitheater, $30,065.
- City of Kirksville, P.C. Mills Park Renovation, $35,000.
- City of Kirksville, Memorial Park Renovation, $35,000.
For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 573-751-5374 or visit the Web at mostateparks.com/grantinfo.htm.