$600,000 Awarded to Towns for Outdoor Recreation Projects

Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation Announces $600,000 Awarded to Towns for Outdoor Recreation Projects

Michael Snyder, the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, announced today that $600,000 will be awarded to municipalities for outdoor recreation projects via the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is a program of the National Park Service, and provides 50-50, reimbursement-based grants. Cities, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts and inter-municipal districts are eligible applicants. Projects can range from the acquisition of land which is then made available for public recreation to development projects including sport playfields, hiking, biking and walking trails, camping, picnic facilities, swimming areas, and playground areas.

The 2017 funded project details are as follows:

·        The town of Lincoln will be improving the Potato Hill Park Playground at the Lincoln Community School to include more diverse and accessible natural playground elements. The school will be awarded $100,000 towards the estimated $230,000 project.

·        The Mad River Recreation District will be purchasing play fields in Waitsfield at the Mad River Park. The 10 acres were at risk of being developed, and will be purchased by the Recreation District for continued use as community recreation fields. The District will receive $225,000 towards the purchase price of $550,000. The appraised fair market value of the fields is $725,000.

·        The City of Burlington will be purchasing 12 acres of land on North Avenue, adjacent to the bike path and waterfront. The city will receive $275,000 towards a total project cost of $2 million.

These funds are made available to municipalities around the state to conserve lands and develop infrastructure dedicated to outdoor recreation. Since 1964, the LWCF program has granted more than $48 million in projects and provided 27,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation in Vermont.

“The impact of this program in Vermont has been huge,” says Jessica Savage, Recreation Program Manager and LWCF Grant Administrator. “Hundreds of parks and facilities have been acquired and improved with LWCF funds over the past fifty-two years, likely in your community or a neighboring community. This grant round brings even more excellent projects to add to that list.”

For more information about the program and a list of past LWCF projects, please visit http://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/grants/lwcf or contact Jessica Savage at Jessica.savage@vermont.gov or 802-249-1230.