Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Receives $250,000 Land and Water Conservation Grant
Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation (LSPR) has been awarded a $250,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for future park renovations at Pleasant Lea Park. It is the largest single grant awarded to the department.
The LWCF program was established in 1965 and is funded through revenue from off-shore oil and gas drilling. The fund provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. LWCF monies are apportioned to the states by the Department of Interior each fiscal year. In recent years, Missouri’s available apportionment has ranged between $1.5 million and $4.1 million annually.
The Department of Interior’s National Park Service (NPS) oversees the LWCF State Assistance Program and has delegated administration of the program to each state. In Missouri, the Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) administers the program. Over the history of the grant program, LSPR has been awarded funding for acquisition or park development at Arborwalk, Banner, Eagle Creek, Grant, Harris, Hartman, Lea McKeighan, Miller J Fields, and Wadsworth Parks.
Projects awarded LWCF funds will have a start date of June 1, 2021. Over the past two years, LSPR has been coordinating and soliciting feedback from Pleasant Lea Park neighbors and patrons to prepare an updated park master plan with assistance from planning consultant, Landworks Studio of Olathe, KS. In addition to the LWCF grant, park improvements at Pleasant Lea Park will be financed through ¼ cent park sales tax for capital improvements and a $20,000 donation from the Legacy for Parks Foundation.
“The collective efforts of Steve Casey, Superintendent of Park Planning & Construction, for his work on the grant submittal and masterplan, our neighbors and community for their participation with the masterplanning process, and the Legacy for Parks Foundation for their generous donation positioned LSPR for a successful outcome” Joe Snook, LSPR Administrator, said. “Thank you to everybody involved. We are excited to start the park renovation later this year.”
Future park improvements at Pleasant Lea will include new nature playground, renovated outdoor courts with a multi-sport configuration (tennis, pickleball, basketball), improved walking/biking trails, new park shelter, interpretive nature areas, ADA improvements, and ball field renovations.
For more information, please visit LSParks.net, or call 816-969-1500.