Five of Spokane County’s small cities and towns will spruce up their parks this year with county money.
Deer Park will complete its Mix Park expansion project with $20,000 awarded last week by county commissioners. The grant was the largest of five under a competitive program for communities with fewer than 12,000 residents.
Commissioners adopted the recommendation of their Park Advisory Committee on how to distribute some $50,000 that had been allocated for this year under the county’s Multijurisdictional Capital Park Projects Program. The approved projects total $57,335.
The committee ranked 11 applications, seeking a total of $102,960, with a formula that assigns points according to criteria such as need, cost, proximity to other parks, availability of other funding, and whether the community received money in the previous year.
County Parks Director Doug Chase said the formula was devised with advice from municipal officials, who prefer to get full funding for their projects or none at all rather than divide the available money evenly.
Deer Park’s Mix Park expansion project made the cut with 16 points, compared with Waverly’s 34 points for a $9,360 plan to install a sprinkler system in its Main Park.
This year’s three other recipients – Fairfield, Latah and Rockford – tied with 24 points apiece.
Fairfield plans to complete its Thiel Park skate park with $16,450.
Latah will provide park restrooms, tables and parking with $7,100;/
Rockford will install a fire pit on a concrete pad with its $4,425 award.
Unsuccessful proposals were submitted by Cheney, Medical Lake, Airway Heights and Liberty Lake. Millwood and Spangle didn’t apply.