June 17, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has selected seven projects to receive federal funding, totaling $1.2 million, to improve recreational opportunities in five counties.
The department’s Land and Recreation Grants Section administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. DEP solicits requests for proposals, evaluates the submissions and then ranks them. Eligible participants include all local governmental entities with the legal responsibility for providing outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the public’s use and benefit.
“Utilizing matching grant programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps local governments provide outdoor recreational opportunities to their residents and invest in their communities,” said Bryan Bradner, acting director for DEP’s Office of Operations. “We are delighted that seven projects were funded and we look forward to seeing residents enjoy these recreational improvements.”
Projects to receive funding include:
· Barefoot Bay Recreation District, Beach Access, Brevard, $200,000
· City of Crystal River, Hunter’s Springs Park Acquisition, Citrus, $175,000
· City of Fellsmere, Trailhead Preserve, Indian River, $200,000
· City of North Palm Beach, Anchorage Park, Palm Beach, $200,000
· Palm Beach County, Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area, Palm Beach, $200,000
· Village of Wellington, Community Center Complex, Palm Beach, $200,000
· City of West Park, Water Tower Park, Miami-Dade, $25,000
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, offered through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, is a federal competitive grant program that provides matching funds to help local communities protect parks and develop recreational resources. The matching ratio is one applicant dollar to one federal dollar for all grant awards. The fund has benefitted nearly every county in the United States.