Gov. Kristi Noem has awarded a total of $764,430 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to several communities, including $189,000 for a pool renovation project in Wessington Springs. 

The LWCF grant supplements the funding raised over the past year by the Wessington Springs Pool Task Force. Details about fundraising progress will be published in next week's True Dakotan.  

In addition to Wessington Springs, the following communities were awarded LWCF grants for outdoor recreation projects:

  • Aberdeen – Manor Park Pickleball Court Construction, $88,000 
  • Britton – Baseball Complex Improvements, $100,000
  • Custer – Herbach Park Master Plan Improvements Phase I, $137,000
  • Emery – Pool Improvements project, $29,430
  • Ipswich – Recreation Complex project, $75,000
  • Menno – Pool Improvements project, $20,000
  • Mitchell – Dry Run Creek Skatepark Expansion, $53,000
  • Plankinton – Poolside Park Improvement project, $73,000

“I commend these project sponsors for their strong commitment to improve their communities and make South Dakota a better place to live, work and play,” Gov. Noem said. “Their efforts will benefit future generations of South Dakotans.”

The federal assistance program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects.

Land and Water Conservation Funds come from the National Park Service and are administered in South Dakota by the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks.