Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a $200,000 grant to fund the creation of a new 5.6 acre park, Somersett West Park, in Reno. The park will be complete with a playground, open turf, community garden, picnic shelter and walking trail and will provide front country access to part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
“Nevada’s public spaces provide us with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with loved ones, and they create jobs in the Silver State. I’m always fighting in the Senate to protect conservation programs and strengthen Nevada’s booming outdoor recreation economy. I’m pleased this grant will create a public space for generations of Nevadans to enjoy.”
This grant is awarded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State & Local Assistance Program. The program provides matching grants for local and state park projects outside federal boundaries. LWCF grants are locally determined and competed for at the state level through a process designed and managed by state partners. Since 1965, the National Park Service has provided more than 40,000 LWCF grants to states and local communities.
Senator Cortez Masto recently cosponsored legislation to permanently fund the LWCF so programs like the State & Local Assistance Program are preserved.