October 11, 2012

National Park Service Grant to Fund Improvements at Lake Show Me

The City of Memphis will be making more improvements at Lake Show Me courtesy of a recently announced federal grant.

Governor Jay Nixon on October 3rd announced that six Missouri communities have been approved by the National Park Service to receive more than $275,000 in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. The grants are part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is a federal program that can be used to acquire, develop and renovate outdoor recreation projects.

The $37,000 grant for the City of Memphis will be used to upgrade restroom facilities at the lake as well as facilitate trail improvements.

"The money will be used to replace the old pit vault toilet with modern flush toilets and also showers for the families that come to camp and fish at the Lake Show Me area," said city superintendent Roy Monroe. "Some people who come to camp, fish, and hunt have stated if we had better facilities their families would come too."

In addition, the city will be improving the trail system thanks to a cooperative project with the Scotland County Road & Bridge Department.

"We looked at connecting the campground with other activities at the lake, so we are making trail improvements with a bridge across the drainage ditch form the lake," Monroe said. "Scotland County has made available to the City a 60-foot high banister bridge which will connect to another trail. The trails are used for non-motorized traffic, hikers, hunters, bikes, and horses."

The city has one year to complete the project with hopes of moving and installing the bridge and demolition of the old outhouse to be done yet this fall.

Missouri's many outdoor recreation opportunities, from playgrounds to parks, are an important part of the state's appeal and help to preserve our rich history of exploration and discovery. These grants will assist Missouri communities in providing facilities that can be used for healthy recreational opportunities for all Missourians.

The grants were recommended to the National Park Service by the State Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation. Recommendations went to projects with the highest score based on meeting the recreational needs of the communities, planning goals and unique or specific attributes. All projects require a 55 percent match. The funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Interior's National Park Service and the National Park Service approved the recommendations before the grants were awarded.

Following is a list of grant recipients, along with the projects and grant amounts:

City of Gerald, City Park Improvements. $75,000.

City of Hayti, Walking Trail Upgrades. $25,476.

City of Houston, Soccer Field Development. $47,250.

City of Kirksville, Jaycee Park Improvements. $35,000.

City of Warsaw, Bledsoe Ferry Complex Improvements. $56,812.

The City of Memphis was assisted in its grant application by the Northeast Regional Planning Commission. Representative Craig Redmon, Senator Brian Munzlinger and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill all lent their support to the application.

For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Parks at 573-751-5374 or visit mostateparks.com/page/55065/outdoor-recreation-grants.

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