WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced a total of $777,984 in grant funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This funding will be used to make improvements to various outdoor facilities in Tucker, Summers, Wayne, Marshall and Berkeley counties.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides matching funds to state and local communities for acquisition, development and conservation of public parks and open spaces.

“West Virginia is a state rich in natural heritage, with a growing outdoor recreation industry. With that in mind, I have long supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps preserve our outdoor spaces for future generations of nature lovers and sportsmen. This funding will go to expanding West Virginians’ access to the natural splendor of our state,” Senator Capito said.

“I have long been a supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and I am thrilled we have received these LWCF state-side funds to improve several community parks and camping grounds in our state,” Senator Manchin said. “With this grant funding, West Virginians and tourists alike can continue to enjoy their local outdoor areas.”

Individual awards are:

  • $400,000 – City of Benwood to restore the swimming pool at Benwood City Park. This includes a new filtration system, gutter system, floor slabs, wall panels, decking, electrical upgrades, shade structure and ADA accessibility.
  • $184,871 – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks to assist in the installation of water and electrical services to 32 sites in an existing campground at Pipestem State Park.
  • $100,000 – City of Parsons to assist in the installation of ADA compliant restroom fixtures and to construct a parking lot for their new splash pad at Mill Race Park.
  • $60,000 – Berkeley County Council, the City of Martinsburg and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board to assistant in the construction of two group picnic shelters, one at Faulkner Park and one at War Memorial Park.
  • $33,113 – City of Kenova to assist in the rebuilding and restoration of the tennis courts at the Dreamland Pool Complex, in compliance with the ADA.

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