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January 30, 2014

Will Rogers Park: City applies for revitalization grants

CLAREMORE —

With the past summer’s completion of the popular splash pad, the revitalization of Will Rogers Park is off and running. 
The multi-phase project — a partnership between the City of Claremore and several community organizations — will continue with the construction of a larger playground.
“The new playground will eventually consist of three units in neighboring pods,” said City of Claremore Director of Parks Joe Kays, who recently presented the master plan to the city council.
Funding for the first of the three units has been secured through a $15,000 grant from Kaboom/Dr. Pepper Snapple and $25,000 from the city’s capital improvements fund, according to Kays.
“We will ask for city council approval and award the project at the Feb. 17 meeting,” he said. “Plans are to have it installed by July 1.”
A total of $300,000 is needed to complete the entire playground, according to Will Rogers Park Project Organizer Crystal Campbell. 
Funds are now being raised for the second phase of playground equipment with a goal of $80,000.
Also, the city has submitted applications for two additional grants: one for the construction of a picnic shelter and restrooms; the other for a trail around the park.
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for the shelter and restroom is a 50/50 grant,” Kays said. “The city’s portion will be $151,000 and will come from the sales tax park fund.”
The one penny sales tax, which comes up for renewal Feb. 11, is split between the parks, police and fire departments, each receiving 20 percent, and the capital improvements fund, which receives the remaining 40 percent.
If the grant is received, the pavilion will be constructed between the splash pad and parking lot.
The second grant, from the Recreational Trails Program, is an 80/20 grant.
“The maximum grant is $200,000,” Kays said. “The total came to $209,026, so the city will pay the difference, making its portion $49,026.”

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