Department of Interior awards $1.3M in LWCF funding for North Dakota projects

Authorized by Congress, the Land and Water Conservation Fund supports local public parks projects, state conservation and expanded outdoor recreation access.

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BISMARCK – The Department of the Interior has awarded $1,250,858.23 to the state of North Dakota from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to a news release from the office of Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Authorized by Congress, LWCF funds support local public parks projects, state conservation and expand outdoor recreation access.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department administers LWCF funds in North Dakota, and Cramer announced LWCF grants for the following projects:

  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, $431,347.20 develop of a piece of park property adjacent to 26th Street and the Hay Creek Trail to serve as a neighborhood park and trailhead for Hay Creek Trail; $97,075 to replace and improve the playground area at the McQuade Softball Complex.
  • Jamestown Parks and Recreation District, $148,787.50 to update and revise the Lawrence Softball Field at McElroy Park.
  • Hatton-Eielson Public School, $105,350 to renovate the playground area to address surface problems, safety issues and age-appropriate play.
  • Devils Lake Park Board, $100,000 to develop an accessible building to support outdoor activities.
  • Power Lake City Board, $100,000 to create a splash pad with many different water features.
  • Ashley Park District, $71,500 to construct three pickleball courts at the Ashley City Park.
  • City of Coleharbor, $51,920.94 to install new playground equipment at the Coleharbor City Park.
  • Lincoln Park District, $39,200.63 to make improvements at Daly Park.
  • Beach School District, $38,583 to the Beach School District #3 to install multigenerational handicapped-accessible swings at Lincoln Elementary School.
  • Fordville-Lankin Public School #5, $37,500.00 to add accessible playground equipment such as a swing and engineered rubber surfacing for the existing playground.
  • Leeds Park District, $29,593.96 to repurpose the sand volleyball court to a playground suitable for children ages 5 and under at the Leeds City Park.
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When he first came to the Senate, Cramer helped pass the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in March 2019. The bill reauthorized and reformed the LWCF program so states receive at least 40% of its funding. Traditionally, the majority of investments were spent on federal land acquisition.

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