Posted at: 11/21/2012 8:54 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
Six parks and recreation organizations in Duluth will likely get some financial help from the city, as part of the Fall Parks Fund Neighborhood Grants.
Each of those organizations will get between $3,000 and $5,000 from that grant, which totals $26,276. They are:
Mayor Don Ness made the announcement Wednesday morning at the Piedmont Community Center, which is a location that has benefited from city grant dollars in the past.
The money, according to the city of Duluth, will be used to improve the quality of existing parks (especially neighborhood parks), enhance stewardship of natural resources, and expand partnerships with schools for community recreation and gathering, and increase use and recognition of volunteers and volunteer groups. The city also says it will help connect the community through trails and bikeways, and go toward creating fewer, but higher quality recreation buildings.
Todd Kuusisto, with the Piedmont Youth Hockey Association, spoke at the press conference, and told Eyewitness News similar money went toward repairing the hockey rink last year. "Since then, we have invested about $30,000 of our own money with help from businesses and volunteers themselves."
The grant recipients still need to be approved by the city council.