Wyoming Parks Awarded Over $1.8 Million

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Wyoming will benefit this year from more than $1.8 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for outdoor recreation grants administered by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, according to an April 14 release from Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources (SPCR).

The LWCF program, which began in 1965, is a 50% reimbursable grant program that provides funding for the acquisition and development of public parks and other outdoor recreation opportunities, per the release, and is funded via Outer Continental Shelf federal oil and gas leases.

In the past, it’s funded hundreds of recreational projects from purchasing new playground equipment and other upgrades to parks as well as sporting fields and shooting ranges throughout the state. Last year, the funding built a central park in the City of Sundance.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund grants are an invaluable asset to us,” said Kathy Lenz with the City of Sundance Treasure’s Office. “These grants make it possible for us to fund recreational facilities that we normally wouldn’t be able to.”

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Wyoming State Parks Grant Manager Louisa Lopez encouraged communities across the state to apply for use of the funds.

“There is still time to put some planning and thought into your projects as these applications will be due at the end of the year,” Lopez said.

This year, a total of $1,843,483 is available, which is more than $340,000 in additional funding than what was available last year.

To be eligible for funding,  SPCR stated in the release that the project must be maintained for public outdoor recreation for perpetuity and the applicant must be a municipality, county, school or recreation district.

For information on how to apply for funding, municipalities, counties and school or recreation districts are encouraged to contact Lopez at (307) 777-6491 or louisa.lopez@wyo.gov.