Cities Can Apply for Urban Parks Funds
by Tom McClimon
Applications are now being accepted by the National Park Service for funding of local parks and recreation projects under the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR). Grants will be made available to rehabilitate existing neighborhood recreation areas and facilities which have deteriorated to the point where health and safety are endangered or the community’s range of quality recreation is impaired. Grants may be used to remodel, rebuild, or develop existing outdoor or indoor recreation areas and facilities.
Congress has appropriated $2 million for funding of projects under the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program. The National Park Service will consider proposals from eligible jurisdictions for funding projects with a dollar limit equal or less than the State limitation of $300,000. Preapplications must be received by the appropriate National Park Service field office by no later than March 31, 2000. UPARR rehabilitation grants will be awarded on a 70/30 (federal/local) matching basis.
For further information on the UPARR program, interested jurisdictions should consult their regional National Park Service office.
This new round of UPARR funding, along with an additional $40 million in state and local assistance under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, is the direct result of the lobbying efforts of mayors last year to increase federal support of local parks and recreation programs.