Wausau to seek grants for parks improvements

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM.

WAUSAU — The Wausau Town Council voted Thursday to seek two $200,000 grants for improvements to two city parks.

David Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises presented the proposals to the council, including the repairs and improvements the town’s recreation committee would like to see completed with the grant funds.

The grants are Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grants, Fox said.

“This isn’t going to cost the city anything, is it?” Mayor B.J. Phillips asked.

“The city qualifies for these grants, and there is no matching money required,” Fox told the council. The deadline for submission of applications is Sept. 30 and the town will know if they will receive the grants mid-2014, Fox said.

One $200,000 grant would be used to improve the Dalton Carter Recreation Center, also known as the Possum Palace, where the city would like to resurface the parking lot, renovate the tennis courts, picnic facilities, basketball courts and restrooms, add an exercise trail, upgrade the camping area, and add additional playground equipment among other improvements.

The other $200,000 would go toward improvements at George Rogers Park, where the city hopes to renovate the playground, enhance the handicapped parking area, and renovate the restrooms, picnic facilities and baseball field. The recreation committee would also like to add additional playground equipment, a basketball court, additional parking at the Skateboard Park, an exercise trail and a covered picnic facility, as well as expand the Skateboard Park.

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