Jackson R-2 Schools receives outdoor recreation improvement grant

Jackson R-2 Schools receives outdoor recreation improvement grant
(Source: KFVS)

JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - The Jackson R-2 School District will receive a $125,000 grant to help complete and a new baseball field at Brookside Park and a walking and recreation trail near Jackson Middle School.

According to Jackson R-2, the grant is part of a Land and Water Conservation Fund, of which Missouri received $3,168,557.

The fund was created in 1964 to ensure public access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations. Several parks in Jackson have been made possible by this fund including: Jackson Soccer Park, Litz Park and the Jackson City Park.

Completion of projects at Brookside Park will include a new baseball field, dugouts, driveway, parking area accessible routes and fencing. This project will cost $160,000. The grant will pay for half of the project.

Completion of a walking and recreation trail will also be partially funded by this grant which including the playground area of Jackson Middle School. The project will cost $90,000. The grant will pay for half of the project.

Deputy Director of the Division of State Parks Mike Sutherland described the fund as a way to replace resources lost because of offshore oil or gas drilling. The fund is also meant to help preserve land purchased by federal, state or local governments.

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