BISMARCK, ND — U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, announced that the North Dakota Department of the Interior (DOI) received $1,250,858.23 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) ).
- $431,347.20 to Bismarck Parks and Recreation District to develop a park lot adjacent to 26th Street and the Hay Creek Trail to serve as a neighborhood park and trailhead for the Hay Creek Trail;
- $148,787.50 to Jamestown Parks and Recreation District to update and revamp Lawrence Softball Field at McElroy Park;
- $105,350.00 to Hatton-Eielson Public School for renovation of playground area to address surface issues, safety issues and age-appropriate play;
- $100,000.00 to the Devils Lake Park Board for the development of an accessible building to support outdoor activities;
- $100,000.00 to the Powers Lake City Board to create a splashback with many different water features;
- $97,075.00 to Bismarck Parks and Recreation District to replace and improve playground at McQuade Softball Complex;
- $71,500.00 to Ashley Park District for construction of three pickleball courts at Ashley City Park;
- $51,920.94 to the City of Coleharbor for installation of new play equipment at Coleharbor City Park;
- $39,200.63 to Lincoln Park District for improvements to Daly Park;
- $38,583.00 to Beach School District #3 to install multi-generational accessible swings at Lincoln Elementary School;
- $37,500.00 to Fordville-Lankin Public School #5 to add accessible play equipment such as a swing and engineered rubber flooring to the existing playground; and
- $29,593.96 to Leeds Park District to convert the sand volleyball court at Leeds City Park into a playground for children under five.
The funds will be approved by Congress through the LWCF, and the state of North Dakota will further allocate these funds to support local public park projects, state conservation, and expanding access to outdoor recreation.
First entering the Senate, Senator Cramer helped pass the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in March 2019. The bill approved and reformed the LWCF program so that states receive at least 40 percent of its funding. Traditionally, the bulk of investment has been spent on federal land acquisitions.