and Franklin counties received more than $1.8 million in state recreation
grants to pay for a variety of projects, including improving a Pasco boat
launch, developing a Pasco sports complex, renovating Prosser’s pool and buying
land for a Benton City riverfront park and future sports complex.
County received $1 million, and Benton County received $867,024.
state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced last month more than
$126 million in grants for 333 projects that build and maintain outdoor
recreation facilities, and conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and
forests around the state.
The Blue Mountain Land Trust in Walla Walla received
$284,500 to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement on 652 acres of
farmland next to other conserved land. The land boasts 360-degree views of
Walla Walla and the Blue Mountains, making it a prime target for development
despite its productivity as farmland. An easement will prevent development,
ensuring that this land remains in farmland production, according to grant documents.
Blue Mountain Land Trust will contribute $284,500 in a donation of land value
and a federal grant.
the state Legislature’s approval of the capital budget, the grants were awarded
through seven different grant programs. Revenue comes from a mix of federal
grants, the sale of state bonds, gas taxes and user fees.
“Not only do these grants support our state’s parks, forests and
farms, but they also fuel a powerful outdoor recreation economy that puts about
200,000 people to work and generates more than $26 billion in spending every
year,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a news release. “At a time when public lands are
more and more at risk of being developed or lost altogether, these grants
prioritize our outdoor spaces so that current and future generations can
continue to enjoy and protect them.”
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