More than $1 million in Land and Water Conservation Funds awarded to NH communities for outdoor recreation projects
The N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that seven communities across the state will receive a total of $1,064,931.50 in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to assist with public outdoor recreational projects.
Established by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the LWCF provides 50/50 matching grants to state and local governments for the development or renovation of recreational support facilities, land acquisition for outdoor recreational areas, or projects that include elements of both development and acquisition.
The fund is a commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, thereby providing recreation opportunities to all.
Projects receiving 2022 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants in New Hampshire are:
- Discovery Park; Town of Goshen; $74,614
- Fernald Park; Town of Farmington; $62,500
- Gregg Lake Beach Park II; Town of Antrim; $165,000
- Gorham Commons II; Town of Gorham; $83,880
- Piermont Community Playground; Piermont School District; $68,000
- Storrs Hill Ski Area II; City of Lebanon; $400,000
- Timberlane Public Track; Timberlane Regional School District; $210,937.50
LWCF is administered at the national level by the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service and managed in New Hampshire by the Division of Parks and Recreation, including coordinating grant rounds for project funding and monitoring past project sites for program compliance.
Since 1965, nearly $50 million in LWCF grants have been awarded to New Hampshire cities and towns across all of the state’s ten counties, resulting in almost $100 million invested in public outdoor recreation projects.
The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of five divisions of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. N.H. State Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Bureau of Parks Operations, the Bureau of Historic Sites, the Bureau of Trails, the Bureau of Community Recreation and Cannon Mountain Ski Area. The Division manages 93 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides and natural areas. To learn more, visit nhstateparks.org, follow N.H. State Parks on Facebook and Twitter, or call (603) 271-3556.