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GFP News - November 9, 2012

  • Outdoor Recreation Projects Funded
  • Recreational Trails Receive Funding

Outdoor Recreation Projects Funded

PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded a total of $358,310 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) money to several communities. The federal assistance program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects.

The following local sponsors were awarded LWCF grants for outdoor recreation projects:

  • Beresford -- Burlow Park playground equipment, $18,310
  • Box Elder -- playground equipment safety remediation project, $50,000
  • Brandon -- Aspen Park land acquisition, $50,000
  • Brookings -- Valley View Park development, $45,000
  • Dell Rapids -- city park playground project, $38,000
  • Gettysburg -- Little Angels Playground improvements, $20,000
  • Gregory -- Memorial Sports Park playground project, $27,000
  • Groton -- park equipment replacement project, $12,000
  • Lennox -- pool and bathhouse improvements, $46,000
  • Pierre -- Fourth Street Park playground and shelter, $24,000
  • Sturgis -- Starline Park, $28,000

"I commend project sponsors for their strong commitment to improve their communities and make South Dakota a better place to live, work and play," Gov. Daugaard said. "Their efforts will benefit many future generations of South Dakotans."

Land and Water Conservation Funds come from the National Park Service and are administered in South Dakota by the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

For more information on the LWCF program, contact grants coordinator Randy Kittle by calling 605-773-5490 or e-mail him at: .


Recreational Trails Receive Funding

PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded about $1.5 million in Recreational Trails Program funding to several projects.

The Governor selected the projects based on input from a five-citizen Recreational Trails Program Advisory Council.
The federal assistance program provides up to 80 percent reimbursement for trail-related development and maintenance projects.

The following cities were awarded grants for trail construction and upgrades:

  • Aberdeen -- Baird Park Recreational Trail, Phase II, $125,600
  • Belle Fourche -- Riverwalk/Hay Creek to Pine Street, $51,130
  • Custer -- Big Rock Lookout, Phase II, $80,000
  • Deadwood -- George S. Mickelson Trailhead, $45,000
  • Dell Rapids -- Ace Park Dells scenic hiking trail, $21,940
  • Lake County -- Public access trail, $72,100
  • Murdo -- City Park shared-use path, $177,848
  • Watertown -- Big Sioux Recreational Trail reconstruction, $65,000
  • Winner -- Phase I McDonald Park trail development, $62,799

Additional grants were awarded for trail improvement projects at Blood Run Nature Area, the George S. Mickelson Trail, LaFramboise Island Nature Area, Black Hills Snowmobile Trail System, and the Black Hills National Forest for Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System Implementation.

"These project sponsors have shown a strong commitment to improving their communities, our state and federal parks and our recreation areas," Gov. Daugaard said. "Their efforts will make South Dakota an even better place."

The Recreational Trails Program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor-fuel excise taxes collected from non-highway recreational fuel use.

For more information on the program, contact Randy Kittle, grants coordinator, at 605-773-5490 or by e-mail: .


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