Crawford County receives grant to improve access to parks

County receives $40k grant for parks

SW Times Record

To support city planning and policy efforts that help increase access to high-quality, close-to-home parks and public green space, Crawford County was selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association, according to a news release.

The grant funding is given in coordination with 10 Minute Walk, a campaign dedicated to improving access to parks and green spaces while positively transforming communities. Both Judge Dennis Gilstrap and Mayor Joe Hurst are participants of 10 Minute Walk, led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute, the release continues.

As one of 10 communities selected to receive the grant funding, Crawford County currently has only 19% of people living within a 10-minute walk of a park, the release states. As a result, Crawford County in partnership with the city of Van Buren, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District and Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization will examine access to Diamond Center Park.

“We are elated to begin this important work with NRPA and our partners, Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Western Arkansas Planning & Development District (WAPDD), and the city of Van Buren to help design and plan for a public space that the community can enjoy and be proud to call it their own,” Gilstrap states in the release. READ MORE.

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