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Town of Killington awarded recreational facilities grant

Funds will support improvements at Johnson Recreation Center

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 Center.

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.