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State Awards $1.6 Million in Grants for Parks and Trails

 

July 26, 2012



OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board today announced the award of 21 grants to improve parks, trails and ball fields.

The grants, which total nearly $1.6 million, will give cities, counties and others needed cash to improve their recreational facilities. The grants will help pay for ball fields in Richland, maintenance and grooming of trails throughout the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, playgrounds in Port Angeles and Mossyrock and expansion of a public forest near Bothell, to name a few.

“These grants range from providing routine maintenance for recreational trails all the way up to the development of new community parks,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which administers the grants. “They help local economies by creating jobs and attracting visitors who spend money in local stores. They also help communities create great new outdoor places for their residents to get some exercise, relax and play.”

Grants were awarded to organizations in the following counties: (Click below to see descriptions of the grants)

Benton County............... $500,000

Chelan County................. $38,000

Clallam County................. $39,627

Clark County.................... $20,000

King County.................... $305,199

Kittitas County.................. $55,489

Lewis County.................. $335,575

Skagit County................... $12,153

Snohomish County........... $50,000

Whatcom County............. $21,300

Projects Crossing into Multiple Counties

Chelan, King, and Kittitas Counties.... $10,000

Clallam and Jefferson Counties......... $70,911

Kittitas and Yakima Counties............. $50,484

Lewis and Cowlitz Counties............... $39,757

Lewis and Skamania Counties........... $20,304

Statewide Projects........................... $29,000

Funding for the grants comes from three sources:

· The Recreational Trails Program, which provides funding to maintain backcountry trails. The funding comes from federal gas taxes.

· The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is used to build parks, trails and other outdoor facilities. The money comes from federal revenue from the selling and leasing off-shore oil and gas resources.

· The Youth Athletic Facilities fund, which is used to build and maintain sports fields. Funding comes from the sale of state general obligation bonds.

“Competition for these grants is very intense,” Cottingham said. “We require grant applicants to show us why the projects are needed, that they are cost-effective and that the community supports them. The competition means that only the top projects in the state are funded.”

 

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