Mon, September 26, 2016
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented the City of Ocoee with a ceremonial grant check for $50,000 at the Ocoee City Commission meeting held on August 16. The city will use the grant money to develop new multi-use ball fields, picnic and parking facilities on a 4.5 acre city-owned site located between Montgomery Road and California Avenue. Future improvements planned for the park include playground facilities, walking paths, landscaping, restrooms and additional parking.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is awarding more than $7 million in grants for more than 130 recreational development projects through its Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The competitive grant program provides state funding for local governments to acquire or develop land for outdoor recreational use, including sports facilities renovation, picnic areas development and park trail construction. The City of Ocoee was ranked number one in the state out of 132 grant applications submitted under the Small Development Projects category.
“Recreational facilities are key to a healthy and thriving community,” said Robert Brooks, Park Manager at the Wekiva River Basin State Parks. “Citizens use them for social gatherings, exercise and competitive sports. I am proud to present this grant on behalf of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to support the City of Ocoee’s efforts to provide better recreational opportunities for its citizens.”