OLYMPIA – Woodinville city officials will receive a symbolic check Tuesday for scoring the highest in a statewide grant competition, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced today.
Woodinville out competed 19 other projects statewide earning the city special recognition and $75,000 in funding. The grant will help with the renovation of Civic Sports Fields by helping pay the costs to convert grass to synthetic turf and provide lighting for four softball and youth baseball fields and two soccer and lacrosse fields.
Karen Daubert, a member of the Governor-appointed Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, will present the giant check to city council members at their meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in the Woodinville City Hall, 17301-133rd Avenue N.E., Woodinville.
Woodinville scored top points in the improving category of the Youth Athletic Facilities program,
|which provides grants to acquire, develop, maintain, and improve community ball fields and other outdoor athletic facilities. Since beginning in 1998, the grant program has awarded nearly $14 million in grants for 208 projects in 32 of the state’s 39 counties. Funding comes from a donation made as part of the Seattle Seahawks stadium package and general tax dollars.
“Washingtonians are active,” Daubert said. “A new survey revealed that 69 percent of residents participate in outdoor team or individual sports. These grants help local communities meet the demand for sports fields and are vital to ensuring our local communities remain great places to live and work.”
Woodinville will contribute more than $3 million in matching resources, including funding, cash donations, and two other grants.
The competition for grants is high, with projects rated by citizens and professional staff on many factors, such as need, how well the project is designed, and how much the community supports the project.
“The evaluation process is thorough to ensure that the state is funding only the best projects,” Daubert said. “Woodinville should be proud that it competed successfully. Mayor Scott Hageman, the city council and staff deserve congratulations for their leadership and hard work. Projects like these help keep Woodinville a great place to live.”
The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, formerly called the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, was established in 1964 to finance recreation and conservation projects throughout the state. Since beginning, the board has awarded more than 4,300 grants totaling more than $901 million, and grant recipients have contributed more than $650 million in matching resources, bringing the total investment in Washington’s great outdoors to more than $1.5 billion.
For more information on the agency or its grant programs, visit the Web site: www.rco.wa.gov.