Local recreation projects across Rhode Island receiving more than $4 million in grants

16 local recreation projects across the state receive more than $4 million in grants. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, and the Department of Environmental Management announced on Wednesday the awarding of $4.1 million in matching grants to develop or renovate recreational projects in Rhode Island.

The grants will fund 16 projects across the state, including new athletic fields, playgrounds, a splash park, a dog park, and various site improvements.

“Investments in recreational facilities knit our communities together and are integral to both physical and mental health and well-being,” said McKee. “This is why I included a budget article proposing a $38 million Green Economy and Clean Water bond that will capitalize future local recreation spending in my fiscal year 2023 budget. Providing the funds to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to connect with nature, recreate, and exercise are central to our quality of life.”

The program offers funding in three categories: small development grants with funding awards up to $100,000, large development grants with awards up to $400,000, and acquisition funds that support property acquisition for permanent outdoor recreation with awards up to $400,000.

Small grants were awarded to the following projects:

  • Barrington: Chianese Pickleball Courts, $80,000
  • Central Falls: Louis C. Yip Soccer Field Improvements, $80,000
  • Cumberland: Diamond Hill Pump Track Improvements, $100,000
  • East Greenwich: Academy Field Improvements, $100,000
  • North Providence: Westcott Park Kayak Launch, $100,000
  • Richmond: Richmond Dog Park, $71,580
  • Smithfield: Deerfield Park Splash Pad, $100,000

Large grants were awarded to the following projects:

  • Central Falls: Jenks Park Playground Improvements, $400,000
  • Cranston: Knightsville Park Revitalization, $400,000
  • East Greenwich: Eldridge Park Improvements, $400,000
  • East Providence: Kent Heights Recreational Facility Renovation, $400,000
  • North Providence: Coletti Athletic Complex, $400,000
  • Providence: Roger Williams Park Boardwalk and Fishing/Boating Pier, $400,000
  • Warwick: Apponaug Recreation Complex Improvements, $320,000
  • West Warwick: Crompton Playground and Stephen Clarke Recreation Area, $400,000

An Acquisition grant was awarded to Woonsocket’s Acquisition for Cass Park Expansion for the amount of $312,500.

For more information on DEM programs an initiatives, visit dem.ri.gov.

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