Pierre – Governor Dennis Daugaard has awarded a total of $483,313 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to several communities, according to a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department news release.
The LWCF, created in 1964 and funded by federal offshore oil and gas drilling royalties, provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects. The federal government sends some of the money from the LWCF to the states In South Dakota GFP administers the funds and recommends projects for grants. On Sept. 30, 2018 the LWCF lapsed and the U.S. Congress has yet to reauthorize the program.
The following communities were awarded LWCF grants for outdoor recreation projects:
Belle Fourche – Jones Park Splash Pad development, $75,000
Crooks – New Hope Park Pickleball Court construction, $12,000
Doland – Restrooms at Splash Park construction, $62,000
Flandreau – Playground Equipment replacement, $18,000
Howard – Loe Park Playground Equipment replacement, $14,000
Ipswich – Pool House replacement, $64,000
Leola – Pool Lining replacement, $57,313
Madison – Memorial Park Playground Equipment replacement, $75,000
Spearfish – Outdoor Pickleball Court construction, $70,000
Spencer – Lion’s Park playground equipment replacement, $22,000
Wagner – McCormick Field Lighting Replacement, $14,000