FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to help fund recreational projects in Webster County. The Department for Local Government (DLG) will administer the grants, totaling $51,060.
“Parks and recreational facilities are important to enhancing the quality of life in our Kentucky communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “This LCWF funding will help improve recreational projects and provide Kentuckians safe spaces to be active, go camping, play sports and live overall healthier lifestyles.”
In the city of Dixon, a grant of $27,500 will fund projects in two parks. At the 20-acre Bourland Park, which is used for baseball and softball and has tennis and basketball courts, the funds are for purchase and installation of playground equipment for smaller children. The grants will fund purchase and installation of a slide, toddler swing, balance beam and other equipment appropriately sized for small children. The park will also reseal and restripe the tennis courts.
In Dixon’s 22-acre Baker Park, funds will be used to resurface the existing mile-long walking trail. The paved trail was designed in 1991 and needs a facelift.
At Sebree Springs Park in Sebree, funds will be used to purchase and install playground equipment for smaller children. The park consists of 3 softball fields, a tennis court, a basketball court and a walking trail. The grant of $23,560 will add a slide, tire swing and other equipment, and rubber mulch for the playground.
“I’m really pleased to see this money going toward sprucing these parks up,” said Rep. Jim Gooch, of Providence. “All three are widely used, so I know these changes will be appreciated. I want to thank Governor Beshear and his administration for helping to fund these improvements.”
“Parks are a good investment in any community. They supply essential environmental, aesthetic and recreational benefits to a community,” said Sen. Dorsey Ridley, of Henderson. “I am pleased these grants will help provide improvements to the recreational facilities at these parks in Sebree and Dixon.”
“These grants will allow our community to invest in the quality of life of our children by purchasing and installing new playground equipment at Sebree Park and Bourland Park, along with improving the walking trail at Baker Park,” said Webster County Judge-Executive Jim Townsend. “These are good improvements for everyone who enjoys the great outdoors. I would like to thank Governor Steve Beshear, Senator Dorsey Ridley and Representative Jim Gooch for their support to the citizens of Webster County.”
The LWCF is a grant matching reimbursement program for the development and maintenance of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, such as campgrounds, sports and playfields, swimming and fishing areas, boating facilities and trails.
Funding for this program is allocated to DLG by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Interior. Cities, counties, state and federal agencies are eligible to apply.