County seeks proposals for youth sports facilities

February 7, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 7, 2013

Local youth sports organizations can apply for King County grants to build or upgrade recreation facilities.

The county Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program provides matching grant funds from $5,000 to $75,000. Past grant recipients include playgrounds and athletic fields, including the Issaquah Little League’s Dodd Fields near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Other local grant recipients in the Issaquah area include city-run Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands and county-run Duthie Hill Park in Sammamish.

Overall, officials awarded $12 million through the program in the past 20 years.

The fund administrator, the county Parks and Recreation Division, is accepting applications from qualified groups. The applicants must partner with a public agency, such as a school district or city parks department, to develop or renovate sports facilities.

“Youth sports facility grants are a good deal for taxpayers and a great deal for the youth of King County,” King County Councilman Larry Phillips said in a statement. “They draw matching investments from communities for recreation and play areas, create livable neighborhoods, and give kids opportunities to be active.”

Funding for the program is generated through one-quarter of 1 percent of car rental taxes. The program also receives $25,000 annually from the Youth Sports Facilities Grants endowment established after the county sold a government-owned building.

Submit applicants for King County Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program through June 21. The deadline for letters of intent is May 3. Find the application packet at http://1.usa.gov/gv92uF. Contact Program Manager Butch Lovelace at 206-263-6267 or butch.lovelace@kingcounty.gov to learn more.

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