Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Grants awarded by DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation to fund projects at four municipal parks
DOVER (Nov. 19, 2013) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has approved grant funding to improve four municipal parks throughout the state. The projects, at parks in the town of Frankford, and the cities of Wilmington, Harrington and Newark, are funded by the Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund (DTF), after being recommended by the Delaware Parks and Recreation Council.
“We’re helping to provide close-to-home recreational opportunities,” said Robert Ehemann, Community Assistance/Grant Coordinator for the Division of Parks and Recreation. “We’re assisting municipalities to help meet their recreational facility needs.”
The Parks and Recreation Council reviews municipality and county requests for funding, and recommends to the Division of Parks and Recreation those that meet the criteria to be funded. The council recommendations are reviewed by the Division of Parks and Recreation, and ultimately approved by DNREC. More than 300 projects in 338 parks have been funded through the grant program since its inception in 1988.
The Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund is a nearly $50 million dollar trust comprised of statewide real estate transfer taxes. The DTF is maintained by the Office of Management and Budget. The interest from the trust fund is distributed via grants to counties and municipalities on a competitive basis. The funding is a matching grant program focused on outdoor recreation for both park and trail related activities including acquisition, planning and development. The municipalities determine their recreation priorities and are responsible for providing matching funds.
The following projects were recommended for funding by the Delaware Park and Recreation Council on Oct 24, 2013. Funded projects are expected to be completed in 2014.
· The town of Frankford received $30,000 in grant funding to replace playground equipment and install lighting at Frankford Municipal Park. Matching funds will be provided by town budget funding.
· The city of Wilmington received $84,560 to install a dome on the sugar bowl observatory in Brandywine Park. Matching funds came from cash donations and money raised by the Friends of Wilmington Parks.
· The city of Harrington received $20,000 to install a pathway, benches and landscaping improvements at Freedom Park. Matching funds came from the city budget.
· The city of Newark received $78,500 to improve the drainage at LeRoy Hill Park, which has been plagued by drainage problems for many years. Matching funds are being provided by the city budget and the Newark American Little League.
Municipalities that receive DTF funding are committed to stewardship responsibilities for the parks to remain public outdoor recreation places in perpetuity.
Municipalities seeking more information about DTF funding can visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/parks/Services/Pages/Grants.aspx
Vol. 43, No. 441