Funds will support improvements at Johnson Recreation
The Town of Killington has received an $8,500 Recreational
Facilities Grant from the State of Vermont's Department of
Buildings & General Services to help cover the cost of
resurfacing the Town's tennis and basketball courts at the Johnson
Recreation Center on River Road. The announcement came this
week from the Town's Parks & Recreation Department.
"This funding will go a long way to repair, improve and enhance
our recreational amenities," said Lyndsay Gang, recreation
director. "Maintenance of our facilities is key to encouraging use
and promoting active lifestyles for our residents and visitors
during all four seasons."
The Johnson Recreation Center is the centerpiece of organized
recreation activities in Killington. The Center is the hub of
recreation throughout the summer; it's home to the Killington
Sharks Swim Team, swimming lessons, and a variety of full-day
camps. The resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts is part
of Killington Parks & Recreation's Capital Plan, designed to
improve the Town's recreational facilities.
In recent years, the Town of Killington has been taking a more
active approach to grant funding. The Recreational Facilities
Grant is the third award this year the Town has received in support
of recreational programs alone. The Town also received a grant
from The National Parks Service's Rivers and Trails Program in
support of the Killington Trails Leadership Team, as well as a $500
grant from the Vermont Recreation Trails Program (RTP) to cover
costs of constructing a new kiosk at the Johnson Recreation
Town Manager Seth Webb says it is important to leverage state
and federal dollars to support town priorities. "State support like
this is vital for local projects. It helps reduce the pressure on
the municipal budget, supports our Selectboard's operating plan in
a cost-effective way, and adds to the quality of life." The
total cost of labor and materials for the tennis and basketball
court repairs are estimated at $17,000.
The Recreational Facilities Grant Program is an annual
competitive grant funding opportunity administered by the Vermont
Department of Buildings and General Services. The program
funds the development, creation and enhancement of recreational
opportunities in Vermont communities.