The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented the City of Vernon with a ceremonial grant check for $100,000. The funds will be used to develop a new playground, picnic facilities, new ADA parking space, and new landscaping (sidewalk between ADA parking space and baseball field). Renovation of existing playground, baseball field lighting, softball field lighting, picnic facilities and restrooms. Admin and Engineering costs at their Sportplex Park and Track Park. This year, DEP is investing more than $7 million in 137 recreational development projects in local communities around the state through its Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP).
“Increasing access to outdoor recreational opportunities offers many benefits to citizens such as social gatherings, exercise and competitive sports,” said Jacob Strickland, Park Manager at Falling Waters and Ponce de Leon Springs State Park. “I am proud to present this grant money on behalf of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as we work in partnership with local communities to provide more recreational opportunities.”
About DEP’s Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program is a competitive grant program that provides state funds for the acquisition or development of lands for public outdoor recreational use. Since 2013, FRDAP has invested over $16 million in 312 projects to improve local recreational facilities across the state. Eligible applicants include municipal and county governments and other authorized entities with the legal responsibility to provide public outdoor recreation.