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  2. Jackson Receives Grants for Outdoor Recreation Facility Improvements

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, announced $170,623,713 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will be divided among all 50 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.  Missouri was allocated a total of $3,168,557.

    LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars that come from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.  Mike Sutherland, the Deputy Director of the Division of State Parks, described the Outer Continental Shelf Fund as "a fund that was set up to basically replace any kind of resources that were lost because of offshore oil or gas drilling."

    The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure public access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations, and to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water, and wetlands.

    In years past, money from the LWCF has helped fund parks and trails projects across Southeast Missouri.  In Jackson, a few of the parks the LWCF helped fund include the Jackson Soccer Park, Litz Park, and City Park.

    This year, the City of Jackson is proud to have been selected as grant recipient for the completion of the Brookside Park Ball Field Development Project.  This development will include a new baseball field with dugouts, a new driveway and parking area, accessible routes, and new fencing to be located at Brookside Park.  It will be available to the public year-round.  The total cost of the project is $160,000, half of which will be funded by the grant.

    The Jackson R-2 School District also received a grant award this year for the completion of a walking and recreation trail at Jackson Middle School.  The trail will be paved and located on the playground area of the middle school campus.  It will be available to the public for use after regular school hours.  The total cost for the project is $90,000, half of which will be funded by the grant project.

    Sutherland said they have seen major success when it comes to giving back to Southeast Missouri.  "This is really a benefit to outdoor recreation throughout the state, and really a benefit to communities and the people who live in those communities to get outdoors."

    Since the inception of the LWCF, more than $4.4 billion has been made available to state and local governments to fund more than 43,000 projects throughout the nation.

    For more information on Jackson’s project, please contact the Public Works Department at 573-243-2300, by visiting us online at jacksonmo.org, or connecting with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/JacksonMO.

    For more information on the R-2 School District’s project, please contact Merideth Pobst, Director of Communications, by phone at 573-243-9501, or email at mpobst@jr2mail.org.

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