WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has awarded $20,000 to the Village of Arcanum to make playground improvements to Ivester Park.
The funding will be used to install a safety surface and playground border, as well as additional seating.
“These federal funds will make recreation safer for Arcanum children,” said Brown. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund is critical to funding recreational opportunities at places like Ivester Park.”
In July, DOI Secretary Sally Jewell traveled to Cleveland to announce $42 million in LWCF funding to all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia. The LWCF uses revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling to fund conservation and recreation projects in every state. It is authorized to be funded at $900 million but its funding is often diverted towards other programs, leaving many important conservation projects unfunded.
Without Congressional action, the Fund will expire September 30. LWCF funds have supported conservation projects across Ohio including Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Wayne National Forest.