News Release 417

Clay County will receive Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for park improvements

Volume 38-417 (For immediate release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. JULY 22, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced that Clay County has been approved by the National Park Service for a $33,069 grant to help develop the Crows Creek Park area on Smithville Lake. The funds will be used to develop an accessible fishing dock.    

“I’m pleased that Clay County has the opportunity to provide this improvement. Projects such as these are important to help people of all abilities connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors,” said Mark N. Templeton, Department of Natural Resources director. 

The grant is one of 13 FY 2009 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for Missouri recommended to the National Park Service by the State Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation. The LWCF program provides federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs.  Land developed with these funds is protected in perpetuity by the National Park Service and must be used for outdoor recreation.

The grants are available to all local governments and public school districts and can be used for development or renovation of outdoor recreation facilities or acquisition of park land. All projects require a 55 percent match. In Missouri, the program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 573-751-5374 or visit the website at