Town of Lincoln Awarded Recreation Grant

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation recently announced that $600,000 was awarded to Vermont municipalities for public outdoor recreation projects. The Town of Lincoln, a member of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), was selected as one of three Vermont communities to be awarded these funds. Their project involves improving the Potato Hill Park Playground at the Lincoln Community School to include more diverse and accessible natural playground elements. The school will be awarded $100,000 towards the estimated $230,000 project.

These outdoor recreation grants are funded by the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program of the National Park Service. LWCF funds are made available to municipalities around the state to conserve lands and develop infrastructure dedicated to outdoor recreation. Since 1964, the LWCF program has granted more than $48 million in projects and provided 27,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation in Vermont.

The National Park Service LWCF grant program provides “50-50” reimbursement-based grants. Cities, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts and inter-municipal districts are eligible applicants. Projects can range from land acquisitions to make land available for public recreation, to development work including the creation of sport playfields, hiking, biking and walking trails, camping, picnic facilities, swimming areas, and playground areas.

For more information about the program and a list of past LWCF projects, please visit:

http://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/grants/lwcf