The City of Wessington Springs pool renovation project received a big financial boost last week, after the state announced a hefty grant award of $189,000, making the “City at the Foothills” the recipient of the largest Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant awarded in the state for the 2020 funding cycle.
Gov. Kristi Noem awarded a total of $764,430 in LWCF grants to several communities. 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
The LWCF grant supplements the funding raised over the past year by the Wessington Springs Pool Task Force, bringing the total amount of funds raised for the $550,000 project to approximately $500,000.
“We are so very grateful to the individuals, businesses and organizations who have donated to help us reach this point in the fundraising process,” said Wessington Springs Pool Task Force member Pam Hainy. “This grant award from the state highlights the importance that South Dakota puts on preserving outdoor recreation opportunities in towns of all sizes. We are excited to be nearing the finish line and are working hard to make the project goal.”
Hainy said that while the task force continues to seek funding in the way of additional grants, private and corporate donations are not only welcome but also needed to bring the project to fruition.
“For anyone who has thought about supporting this project and hasn’t done so yet, now is a great time to help our community reach the finish line.”
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.
“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.”
Members of the pool task force will have a booth at the upcoming Wessington Springs Farm, Home & Sports Show to answer questions, talk about next steps and showcase renovation plans with the public.