City of Philip recommended for $11,500 LWCF grant

The city of Philip has been recommended for a grant of $11,500 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. When approved by the National Park Service, these federal funds will be used to install playground equipment. The Haakon County Young Women have been working on a project to put in new, additional playground equipment at the Philip Kiddie Park by the swimming pool.

Philip was one of 28 communities that received a portion of the $750,850 in funds available for the development of local outdoor recreational facilities.

In total, 69 applications were received, requesting in excess of $1.8 million. The applications were scored and rated according to an Open Project Selection Process required by the National Park Service.

At the state level, the LWCF program is administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation within the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The Game, Fish and Parks Commission endorsed the list of projects recommended for funding at their June 3 meeting in Pierre.

The LWCF was instituted in 1965 to provide financial assistance for the development of outdoor recreational facilities. Since that time, the program has cost-shared over $35 million in park and recreation improvements in South Dakota.

"I am pleased that these grant funds will assist our communities in creating new outdoor areas or making improvements at their parks, playgrounds, ball fields and swimming pools," said Gov. Rounds.