TALLAHASEE, Fla. — Federal funding totaling $1.8 million allows the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement nine Land and Water Conservation Fund contracts, according to a press release.

The funds will support recreational opportunities across five counties in the state, noted the release.

DEP’s Land and Recreation Grants Section administers the fund on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, stated the release. Local governments that maintain public outdoor recreational sites can apply for the grants.

“Grants provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund allow local governments to expand recreational opportunities available to their communities,” said Bryan Bradner, acting director of DEP’s Office of Operations, in the release. “These nine projects will play an important role in improving recreation and ensuring residents have access to public spaces.”

The release shared that contracted projects include:

  • City of Clearwater, Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Pinellas, $200,000
  • Martin County, Phipps Park, Martin, $200,000
  • Palm Beach County, Cypress Creek Natural Area Trails, Palm Beach, $200,000
  • City of Oviedo, Round Lake Park, Seminole, $200,000
  • Indian Trail Improvement District, Acreage Community Park, Palm Beach, $200,000
  • City of Longwood, Reiter Park, Seminole, $200,000
  • Village of Royal Palm Beach, Village Commons, Palm Beach, $200,000
  • City of Homestead, Mayor Roscoe Warren Park, Miami-Dade, $200,000
  • City of Miami Beach, Par 3 Project, Miami-Dade, $200,000

Nearly every county in the country has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, reported the release. It matches funds to help communities protect parks and develop recreational resources.

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