News Release 544

Gladstone will receive Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for park improvements

Volume 38-544 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. SEPT. 20, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced the city of Gladstone has been approved by the National Park Service for a $60,750 grant to replace playground equipment in Happy Rock Park with a high tech electronic play structure and make the park accessible.

“I’m pleased that Gladstone will receive funding for this playground. It is important that we provide opportunities for children to learn how to enjoy the outdoors,” said Bill Bryan, Department of Natural Resources deputy director. 

The grant is one of 11 FY 2010 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