FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 10, 2017
DEP AWARDS GILCHRIST COUNTY $435,500 FOR TWO PARK ACCESSIBILITY PROJECTS
~Funding will improve recreational opportunities for individuals with unique abilities~
Florida State Parks Assistant Director Chuck Hatcher presents FRDAP checks to the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.
TRENTON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded Gilchrist County $435,500 for improvements to Otter Springs Park and Hart Springs Park as unique abilities projects funded through the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). This year, DEP is awarding $3 million in grants to 10 communities around the state for projects that incorporate
adaptations or modifications to meet the needs of all potential visitors,
including those with physical or developmental disabilities.
facilities to allow greater access for individuals with unique abilities not
only benefits the community, but also the individuals they serve,”
said Chuck Hatcher, Assistant Director of the Florida Park Service. “I am proud
to present this grant award as we work in partnership with local communities to
provide more recreational opportunities for Florida’s residents and visitors.”
The improvements to Hart Springs Park include the renovation of a swimming pool to include an ADA-approved fixed lift,
as well as the addition of an accessible playground, ADA-compliant picnic
facilities, an ADA-compliant nature trail with accessible entrance routes and handicapped
The improvements to Otter Springs Park include the renovation of a swimming pool with an ADA-approved fixed lift, the
addition of an ADA-compliant beach access ramp and renovation of existing
restrooms. Additionally, new development at the park will include an accessible
playground, two accessible picnic facilities with ADA-compliant picnic tables,
and an ADA-compliant nature trail with access to historical facilities and restrooms.
“On behalf of Gilchrist County, thank you,” said Bobby Crosby, Jr., Gilchrist County Administrator. “Without the FRDAP program, the county would not be able to make such wonderful improvements to be to enjoyed by all.”
FRDAP is a competitive grant
program that provides state funds for the acquisition or development of lands
for public outdoor recreational use. Eligible applicants include municipal and
county governments and other authorized entities with the legal responsibility
to provide public outdoor recreation. In total, more than $10 million has been awarded
in FRDAP grant funding this fiscal year. For more information, visit the FRDAP webpage.