Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Grants Awarded to Improve Urban Parks

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Grants Awarded to Improve Urban Parks

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The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has made eight grants totaling $520,000 to help nonprofit organizations plan enhancements for large or neighborhood parks in their communities. The grants were offered as part of the fund's Urban Parks Initiative, which is designed to help improve the quality and quantity of urban parks, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods.

The recipient organizations, which are dedicated to generating local private support for parks, will use their $65,000 grants to conduct research on current park use in their communities.

Their findings will be used to plan ways for public agencies, community organizations, and neighborhood associations to work together to increase and diversify use and restore parks, create or expand programming, and develop partnerships to sustain this work. The fund will review these plans and award implementation grants ranging from $500,000 to $1 million in late 1998.

"From our past work in this area, we have seen that when elected officials, community groups, and residents have an opportunity to participate in the planning process, dramatic changes occur in the ways parks are developed, enhanced, and used," said M. …

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