LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Four communities in southern West Virginia were awarded grants outdoor recreation development and open space preservation.

The announcement of the four Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants came from Gov. Jim Justice today in Lewisburg.

The cities of Ronceverte, White Sulphur Springs, Lewisburg, and the town of Marlinton were where the projects were awarded.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal-state partnership administered by the Department of Commerce,” Justice said. “Over a half of a million dollars will be awarded throughout the state.

“These grants will provide much-needed money for planning, acquisition, and development of state and local parks.”

The city of Ronceverte received a $100,00 grant award to go towards an addition to the city’s Island Park. The addition will be 2.3 acres to the park and focus on improvements to playing fields and camp offerings.

White Sulphur Springs grant award totaling $60,000 will go directly to the installation of new field lights at the city’s Dick Gunnoe Memorial Park. The park was devastated by the 2016 flood.

The town of Marlinton is now expecting a grant award of over $86,000 to development of a new gateway park. The grant for $86,391 will help build an outdoor pavilion, picnic area and help with landscaping improvements.

Lewisburg received a grant award of $59,400 to be used the installation of new field lights at the city’s Hollowell Park. 12 of the park’s 16 light fixtures will be upgraded that will also improve any school, league or tournament play that goes on at the park.

“These are always good days,” Justice said. “I’ve it before when I was here not long ago. We’ve been able to secure lots and lots of grants and we’ve been crisscrossing our state.”

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