News Release 543

Belton will receive Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for park improvements

Volume 38-543 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. SEPT. 20, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced the city of Belton has been approved by the National Park Service for a $75,000 grant to renovate two picnic shelters and restrooms at Memorial Park.

“These grants allow for city park improvements that might not happen otherwise. Thanks to this opportunity, Belton residents will see improvements in their parks giving them even more reason to enjoy the outdoors,” said Bill Bryan, Department of Natural Resources deputy director.    

The grant is one of 13 FY 2009 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants for Missouri recommended to the National Park Service by the State Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation. The LWCF program provides federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. Land developed with these funds is protected in perpetuity by the National Park Service and must be used for outdoor recreation.

The grants are available to all local governments and public school districts and can be used for development or renovation of outdoor recreation facilities or acquisition of park land. All projects require a 55 percent match. In Missouri, the program is administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 573-751-5374 or visit the website at mostateparks.com/grantinfo.htm.

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