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