DEP Implements Nine Land and Water Conservation Fund Contracts

July 14, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has implemented nine Land and Water Conservation Fund contracts, totaling $1.8 million in federal funding 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.

“Grants provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund allow local governments to expand recreational opportunities available to their communities,” said Bryan Bradner, acting director of DEP’s Office of Operations. “These nine projects will play an important role in improving recreation and ensuring residents have access to public spaces.”

Contracted projects include:

  • City of Clearwater, Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Pinellas, $200,000
  • Martin County, Phipps Park, Martin, $200,000
  • Palm Beach County, Cypress Creek Natural Area Trails, Palm Beach, $200,000
  • City of Oviedo, Round Lake Park, Seminole, $200,000
  • Indian Trail Improvement District, Acreage Community Park, Palm Beach, $200,000
  • City of Longwood, Reiter Park, Seminole, $200,000
  • Village of Royal Palm Beach, Village Commons, Palm Beach, $200,000
  • City of Homestead, Mayor Roscoe Warren Park, Miami-Dade, $200,000
  • City of Miami Beach, Par 3 Project, Miami-Dade, $200,000

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 benefited nearly every county in the United States.

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