All across America (and around the world), struggling communities usually possess a wealth of abandoned residential, commercial, and industrial properties that could be repurposed and renewed as public parks to help revitalize and reconnect their neighborhoods.
On a national level, the Trust For Public Land is the leading advocate and enabler of such projects. But some states are equally aware of this cost-effective method for improving local quality of life.
Witness the West Virginia Development Office, which has just announced that its application cycle for the 2018 Land and Water Conservation Grant Funds is now open.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund program for FY2018 will prioritize new or renovated public park spaces. Projects that demonstrate collaboration among area businesses, community-based organizations and government entities will be given preference.
The program is designed to help increase the quality of life across West Virginia for both residents and visitors alike by promoting community culture, leisure activities and healthy lifestyles.
Applications must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2018. Electronic submissions are allowed and encouraged.
Photo of abandoned West Virginia house by Storm Cunningham.