MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Bentley says 10 cities around the state along with four state parks will be receiving grants for improvements for recreational use.
The $700,000 grant will be dispersed to all 14 entities with the majority of them receiving a sum of $50,000 each.
"Local parks and outdoor recreation facilities are vital to the well-being of communities, residents and visitors." Gov. Bentley said. "Our parks provide places for families and friends to go outside, enjoy nature, participate in community events and socialize. Parks add to an area's identity and I think more than anything they help create wonderful lifetime memories."
The grants are being provided by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, with the funds being derived from royalties of oil and gas drilling.
The governor's office says the grants will provide everything from a skate park to a canoe launch to even a special needs ball park.
The cities and parks being award are listed below:
Grants awarded to Alabama Department of Conservation:
- Desoto State Park
- Guntersville State Park
- Cheaha State Park
- Wind Creek State Park
Towns and cites being awarded
- Sardis City
The LWCF program, managed by the U.S. Department of the interior, was created in 1965 to assist states with the development and preservation of outdoor recreational facilities.