State awards $822k for recreation, conservationStaff Report October 16. 2017 10:02PM
CONCORD — The state has awarded $822,000 to cities and towns for projects aimed at promoting outdoor recreation and conservation.
The Land and Water Conservation grants, which are 50 percent federally funded, were awarded to Bristol, Brookline, Claremont, Deerfield, Franklin, Milford, Monroe and Nashua for projects ranging from park development to water access to playgrounds.
“The Land and Water Conservation grants have been critical to both state and local governments in New Hampshire helping promote outdoor recreation,” said Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Commissioner Jeff Rose. “The funds have helped to preserve and expand many of our natural areas, and play an important role in supporting our open space and tourism industry.”
The N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation administers the grant program on behalf of the National Park Service.
The projects and their costs are:
• Deefield, Hartford Brook ballfields, $25,000;
• Brookline, Nissitissit River Park, $50,000;
• Nashua, Greeley Park boat ramp, $200,000;
• Bristol, Bristol Falls Park, $153,155;
• Franklin, Bessie Rowell Playground, $45,000;
• Claremont, Monadnock Park Playground, $53,753;
• Monroe Consolidated School District, Monroe School Playground, $96,393;
• NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, for a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan, $22,421;
• Milford, second phase of Osgood Pond Restoration, $175,175.
Past projects include renovations of Franconia Notch State Park’s Flume Gorge Welcome Center; development of Prescott Park and Four Tree Island in Portsmouth; and acquisition and development of Mine Falls Park in Nashua.
Additional information about the 2017 grant recipients and program details can be found at nhstateparks.org under Community Recreation.