Parks Foundation of Clark County awards 192K in grants

first_imgRidgefield kids will swing, East Vancouver grown-ups will work a new fitness circuit, pickleball will hit Washougal and needy children will enjoy fully funded access to Vancouver recreation programs — including swimming lessons, field trips and outdoor sports — thanks to the latest round of community grants from the Parks Foundation of Clark County.At its annual luncheon on Tuesday, the Parks Foundation announced grants totalling $192,157 for local parks, trails and recreation programs. Some of these grants were underwritten by corporate or foundation donors interested in specific locations or programs; the Parks Foundation also bundles many smaller donations from individual people.Since 2009, the Parks Foundation has distributed more than $350,000 through its Community Grants program, which was launched in response to recession-driven cutbacks and layoffs in local parks departments.“It’s definitely backfilling where budget cuts have left some huge gaps,” said Parks Foundation Executive Director Cheri Martin.Here’s a rundown of the grants that were announced Tuesday.• New swing set in Abrams Park, Ridgefield: $4,100. The city of Ridgefield will be able to replace the aged, safety-challenged swing set in its largest and most popular community park with a new swing set that meets the latest safety standards and accommodates more children.• Free Summer Playground Program in Battle Ground parks: $9,500. Sponsored by Riverview Community Bank with support from Banner Bank and Wal-Mart.• Fitness circuit in Homestead Park, East Vancouver: $10,000. Wooden fitness stations were installed in this small park in the Cascade Highlands neighborhood more than 25 years ago, but deteriorated and eventually were removed. This grant will provide new equipment.last_img

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