The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department was one of 16 local park district facility renovation applications for funding by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department.
During the 67th Legislative Assembly special session, Senate Bill 2345 established a $5 million local park district facility renovation grant utilizing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to assist local communities in renovating and upgrading their existing outdoor recreation facilities.
In total, the department received 102 applications from 61 park districts for the Park District Facility Renovation Grant, totaling almost $14.3 million in project fund grant requests. Park districts were able to compete in one of two population categories — Category A and Category B. Both the Jamestown projects — the Al Boelke and Jack Brown Stadium — were part of the B category. Category B had $3.5 million available for population centers $15,000 and higher.
“The funding itself was allocated at the last legislative session to park districts for renovations of outdoor facilities,” Walters said.
The Parks and Recreation Department has been working closely with Jamestown’s competitive baseball organization, JAYBAL, to formulate the official proposal. Walters said the JAYBAL organization approached the Parks and Rec Department about updating Al Boelke at the beginning of the year.
A hurried formulation of a proposal followed the conversation and as of last week, the Parks and Recreation Department received word its proposal had been selected.
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department approved Jamestown’s grant request of $911,100 to update the Al Boelke baseball park.
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