National announcement includes $13.3 Million to 22 cities in 17 states
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced that $475,000 was awarded to Ohio through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program on July 19. The Metroparks of the Toledo Area will receive the funds for the Manhattan Marsh Park Development.
Interior announced this grant as part of $13.3 million to assist 22 cities in 17 states with projects to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in under-served communities. These public-private partnerships leverage $13.3 million in federal funding with $21.2 million from local governments, private firms, and non-profit organizations to improve accessibility of playgrounds, create canoe and kayak launches and fishing piers, restore vacant industrial land for park uses, and make other important investments in parks across the country.
“Every kid deserves the opportunity to get outside and play. Whether it’s downtown Toledo or rural Wyoming, investing in public lands is an investment in communities. The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program is an innovative public-private-partnership which revitalizes communities through improving infrastructure, creating jobs, and enhancing neighborhoods,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “It connects people to the great outdoors by encouraging and enabling a variety of recreational opportunities in under-served communities.”
This Manhattan Marsh Park Development project involves creating public access with the development of boardwalks and aggregate walking paths as well as canoe/kayak launch and related facilities thereby under-served urban communities and a elementary school..
The ORLP is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). For more than 50 years, the LWCF has invested revenue from federal offshore oil and gas royalties into more than 40,000 outdoor recreation facilities and conservation projects in every state.
Congress created the ORLP program, in 2014 to complement the agency’s existing LWCF State and Local Assistance Program. The program, administered by the National Park Service, seeks to identify and highlight new ways of providing opportunities for expanding outdoor play in areas with great need, as well as promoting the development of new or enhanced partnerships for outdoor recreation in urban communities across the nation. The grants must be matched at a minimum 1:1 ratio, at least doubling the impact of the federal investment in these communities.
The complete list of ORLP grants are listed below.
Recipient/State/Project Title/Federal Amount
Municipality of Anchorage; Alaska; Development of Muldoon Town Square Park; $750,000
City of San Francisco; California; Bay View Park Playground Improvement Project; $375,225
East Bay Regional Park District; California; Bay Point Wetland Restoration and Public Access Project; $750,000
City of Hartford; Connecticut; Renovation of Colt Park Athletic Fields; $750,000
City of Wilmington; Delaware; Father Tucker Park Playground and Spray Pad; $306,447
City of Atlanta; Georgia; Enota Park Development; $600,000
City of Dubuque; Iowa; Comiskey Park Development; $508,000
City of Baltimore; Maryland; Youth Campground Improvements in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park; $750,000
Michigan DNR (Detroit); Michigan; Belle Isle Park Multi-Use Looped Trail Development; $750,000
City of Duluth; Minnesota; Lincoln Park Restoration; $750,000
City of Columbia; Missouri; Clary-Shy Park Urban Demonstration Farm; $400,000
St. Louis Co. Port Authority; Missouri; Sparta Court Soccer Fields; $450,000
City of Camden; New Jersey; North Camden Waterfront Park; $750,000
City of Newark; New Jersey; Jesse Allen Park; $750,000
City of Raleigh; North Carolina; Central Plaza John Chavis Memorial Park Revitalization; $747,600
Metroparks of the Toledo Area; Ohio; Manhattan Marsh park Development; $475,000
City of Austin; Texas; Edward Rendon Sr Metro Park – further development; $750,000
City of Houston; Texas; Buffalo Bend Hidalgo Park Greenway; $750,000
City of Burlington; Vermont; New Neighborhood Park on Burlington’s Waterfront Land Acquisition; $500,000
King County Parks; Washington; Skyway Park Revitalization; $369,626
Metro Parks Tacoma; Washington; Swan Creek Park Trail Network; $750,000
Milwaukee Rec/Public Schools; Wisconsin; Burnham Park Redevelopment Project; $399,255
Information for this story was provided by the Department of Interior. For more information about LWCF and these grants, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/lwcf/index.htm.