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

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