NMI awarded $1.9M in outside leisure funding | Information

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(Office of Governor) — The United States Department of the Interior – National Park Service has announced $1,901,200 in funding from the Land & Water Conservation Fund or LWCF State Assistance to support the preservation and development of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The support granted to the CNMI is as follows:

$900,000 – Pakpak Beach Recreational Park (Saipan). The park sits on one of the most accessible beach areas on the southern tip of the island, making it a popular spot for picnics and water activities. PakPak Beach Recreational Park will feature various on-site outdoor recreation alternatives – a large central pavilion along with three outdoor pavilions that serve as picnic or general gathering areas; outdoor picnic areas with grill stations; an all-inclusive playground system accessible to all ages and abilities; a parking lot and sidewalks that are ADA compliant; and outdoor beach showers. Solar PV systems will be installed in the pavilions for lighting. The project also aims to rehabilitate the toilet facilities on the site, which have not been open to the public for some time due to damage.

$645,600 – Koblerville Recreation Park (Saipan). Nestled between Chalan Msgr. Martinez and Koblerville Road (near the Tottotville entrance), the construction of a recreation park will provide a play and exercise area for children of all ages, genders, ethnicities and abilities, and provide the community with an opportunity to have an overall healthier and promote happier lifestyles. The park will feature an all-inclusive playground system that is accessible to all ages and abilities. and will also be outfitted with additional gaming units serving the general gaming area. Pavilions will be constructed to serve as picnic or general gathering areas for those using the park area, with several outdoor picnic areas also being made available on site. Additional site amenities include ADA-compliant sidewalks and parking, and fencing for added security. Solar PV systems will be installed in the pavilions and additional points will be added in the park for lighting.

• $177,800 — As Matmos Park (Rota). The intent of the As Matmos Park project proposal is to improve the functionality of the popular fishing spot and make it more targeted for those using the recreational area. The project aims to construct a pavilion to serve as a picnic or general meeting place for those using the park area, as well as outdoor picnic areas with barbecue stations. Solar PV systems will be installed in the pavilions for lighting. The site will also feature an ADA-compliant concrete walkway equipped with security fencing leading to the overlook. The project also envisages installing a toilet with a multipurpose water tank on site.

• $177,800 – Pona Point Park (Rota). The intention of the Pona Point Park project proposal is to improve the functionality of the popular fishing spot and make it more targeted for those who will use the recreational area. The project aims to construct a pavilion to serve as a picnic or general meeting place for those using the park area, as well as outdoor picnic areas with barbecue stations. Solar PV systems will be installed in the pavilions for lighting. The site will also feature an ADA-compliant concrete walkway equipped with security fencing leading to the overlook. The project also envisages installing a toilet with a multipurpose water tank on site.

The Land & Water Conservation Fund government assistance program was established to support the maintenance and development of outdoor recreational activities so that such resources are available for an individual’s active participation in such recreational activities and to enhance the health and vitality of the citizens of the community. These funds can be used to support a wide range of outdoor recreational purposes such as: B. community parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, campgrounds, hiking trails and outdoor sports facilities; as well as for certain indoor infrastructures that support these activities, such as B. Toilets.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres commended the Office of Grants Management & State Clearinghouse staff and management for working on the technical proposals and ensuring that all submissions included the required site development plans, preliminary engineering designs and boundary maps.

“Parks and outdoor recreation areas are important to the Commonwealth and its people; They provide an opportunity to meet, connect with family and friends, and enjoy the natural and scenic beauty of our island,” Governor Torres said. “I will continue to advocate for more outdoor facilities and find funds for more lighting on our basketball courts, pathways and other recreation areas.”

Office of Grants Management & State Clearinghouse Administrator Epi Cabrera would like to acknowledge that one of the submissions, specifically the Koblerville Recreational Park, was meticulously designed and planned by the 2022 Summer Youth Employment Program summer interns. Architects and a group of business executives were present during the intern’s presentation of the park development, allowing the interns to receive immediate feedback on zoning requirements, setbacks, building codes, and potential park features that would be best suited to the community.

Administrator Cabrera added: “I am very proud of all our summer interns; They had a challenging venture, but within two weeks they learned about the grant and procurement process, requested quotes, visited the site and made measurements and renders. Now, in a few months, their vision will become a reality.”

“Unfortunately, due to LWCF structure type requirements with Tinian’s proposed project, OGM-SC could not submit proposals for Tinian; However, the municipality of Tinian has informed OGM-SC that it will submit these requirements prior to the completion of the next funding cycle in December 2022,” added Cabrera.

In addition, OGM-SC is working with Rota Municipality staff to obtain necessary earthmoving permits from local permitting authorities before projects are announced for construction bidding.

Call OGM at (670) 664-9994/5 with questions about future outdoor recreation ideas. Going forward, the LWCF does not provide funding for the maintenance and operation of outdoor recreation sites and facilities.