State supports city and town recreation with $6.3M in grants

(Updated, 4:21 p.m.) The state awarded $6.3 million in grants to 26 communities to improve recreational facilities. More

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State supports city and town recreation with $6.3M in grants

Posted 5/15/14

(Updated, 4:21 p.m.)

PROVIDENCE – The state awarded $6.3 million in grants to 26 communities to improve recreational facilities.

The grants will help fund 50 projects including new ballfields, basketball courts, tennis courts, skate parks, camp pavilions, picnic areas, nature trails and restrooms.

“From Burrillville to New Shoreham, these grants will allow local communities to invest in our outdoor recreational assets, as well as have the opportunity to upgrade facilities and create local jobs.” Said Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee in a news release. “Great parks encourage people to get outside, be active and get healthy. They also showcase the benefits of living in our communities.”

The grants are being paid for through the state’s 2012 Open Space Bond Authorization, and they all require a match of varying size from the community.

Grant recipients, with number of projects being funded, listed in order of size of state grants awarded, with total projected costs, including municipality matches:

  • Pawtucket (five projects), $745,000 in open space grants, $3,765,000 of total projected costs

  • North Kingstown (three projects), $575,000, $1,076,000

  • Central Falls (three projects), $540,832, $1,125,322

  • Bristol (two projects), $469,100, $879,000

  • North Providence (two projects), $435,500, $875,875

  • Narragansett (one project), $400,000, $3,200,000

  • Cranston (one project), $400,000, $800,000

  • Lincoln (two projects), $275,000, $620,000

  • East Greenwich (five projects), $251,500, $882,170

  • Little Compton (one project), $250,000, $541,770

  • Providence (three projects), $202,500, $497,000

  • Cumberland (two projects), $200,000, $994, 047

  • Charlestown (one project), $180,000, $360,000

  • Newport (two projects), $175,000, $270,000

  • Barrington (two projects), $152,500, $230,650

  • Westerly (one project), $150,000, $450,000

  • Warwick (two projects), $135,000, $432,500

  • Burrillville (two projects), $128,425, $281,850

  • East Providence (one project), $125,000, $250,000

  • Warren (two projects), $100,255, $140,255

  • Portsmouth (one project), $100,000, $270,000

  • Glocester (one project), $100,000, $206,622

  • Richmond (one project), $97,473, $29,059

  • New Shoreham (two projects), $70,455, $125,395

  • Scituate (one project), $46,530, $51,700

  • Hopkinton (one project), $24,000, $48,000

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