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Federal grant will boost park project

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

Platte Ridge Park, located north on Hwy. 371 of Platte City, is going to get some help in development via a federal grant.

Platte County has been awarded a $150,000 recreation grant awarded by the National Park Service division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“I am very pleased to announced that the National Park Service has partnered with Missouri to develop new recreation projects,” said Senator Jim Talent.

“Every community in Missouri should have access to parks and recreational areas for family and community events. This is an important investment in Missouri and I am certain that families in Platte City will enjoy using the new outdoor areas.”

The funds will be joined with $2 million to complete Phase 1 of the Platte Ridge Park project.

Phase 1 of the park’s renovation will include the development of a soccer and football field complex, site preparation for a family area which will include an enlarged fishing pond, new shelter house and a walking path.

According to Platte County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Nowotny, the family area will be completed and open this fall, with the soccer and football complex to be open next year.

“These are new facilities that have been lacking in our county, which are now being provided by the Phase 1 renovations,” said Nowotny. “Currently there are no dedicated youth soccer or football fields in our county and now this place will be providing them with a place to call home.”

Nowotny explained that with the acquisition of the 215 acres of land, it will allow for the accommodation of more amenities.

“As the community grows and the population increases, there can be future development and expansion at Platte Ridge Park,” stated Nowotny.

The National Park Service division awarded $417,782 in matching grants to three cities in Missouri as part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

“We’re excited to have received this grant, we know how stiff the competition is for the state grants,” stated Nowotny. “We’re very thankful for the senator’s support and we look forward to the park opening this fall.”



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