The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected five Missouri cities to receive grants totaling $1.1 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to improve public outdoor recreation areas, including several projects in the KMMO listening area .

“As a agency, we have an ongoing focus on improving the quality of life for the people of Missouri,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Municipalities can achieve this with the financial support of these grants. We also hope to build long-term partnerships with these communities.”

“These grants provide much-needed park improvements for cities that might otherwise not be able to afford them,” said David Kelly, director of Missouri State Parks. “From upgrading and improving swimming facilities to installing new playground equipment, cities will improve outdoor recreation opportunities for their citizens and visitors.”

While improving and maintaining infrastructure at Missouri’s 92 state parks and historic sites is one of MoDNR’s priorities, Buntin said the department is also looking for more effective and efficient ways to find targeted funding to help Missouri communities thrive .
Nearly 80% of the department’s budget goes to local communities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund awards are an important part of this effort. From 2016 through 2020, MoDNR passed $13.1 million in these grants to communities across Missouri.

Cities that have received grants include California, Kirksville, Mountain View and Lancaster. Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site and Knob Noster State Park also receive grants.

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site and Knob Noster State Park received $239,374 for playground upgrades. Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site will install new play equipment and bonded rubber turf in the daytime playground. Knob Noster State Park will renovate the playgrounds in the campground and day use areas by adding new equipment and safety surfacing.

For more information on these grants, see mostateparks.com/page/61215/land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf-grants.