Pulling Together With You For a Healthier Community
“A strong park and recreation system is essential for a thriving community. When citizens get involved with their park and recreation systems, their quality of life improves. Our investment in parks and recreation programs and facilities should reflect their importance to our communities. Our health, our community, our economy and our environment all benefit from investments in parks and recreation opportunities, enriching our human and natural resources.” - National Recreation & Park Association
In 2012, Sapulpa Parks received three grants totaling $163,678 in federal funding, by which, the Park Department constructed a new Trailhead Restrooms facility at Davis Park, completed the Recreation Trail Restoration Project at Kelly Lane Park, and obtained three (3) Alternative Fuel Mowing Units for the Parks, Cemetery, and Golf Course Departments.
In 2013, the Parks Department obtained three (3) more grants totaling $100,571. This spring, funding will restore the .25 mile recreation trail at Hollier Park, as well as providing other renovations and new amenities at the Park. Funding will also add new outdoor fitness equipment and other amenities at Kelly Lane Park, as well as making playground repairs.
A $50,000 Grant from the Edward E. and Helen T. Bartlett Foundation was recently given to Sapulpa Parks Department. This spring, the Bartlett Foundation funding will allow us to construct a beautiful new waterfalls feature in Kelly Lane Park. The funding will also provide cash match assistance toward the Park Department’s 2014 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Application, which if awarded, will add a new 20’ x 40’ picnic pavilion at Kelly Lane Park, as well as renovate the Park’s restrooms and concessions building.
Since 1991, The Parks Department has secured 117 grants totaling $6,596,081. The Department has received 4.9 Grants totaling $274,836 per year in external funding, making possible widespread improvements to the City of Sapulpa’s Community Parks and Recreation System.
While our efforts have been successful and steady, our challenge continues. We must keep the momentum moving forward if we are to protect our Community Parks & Recreation system for future generations. “Lord, grant that I may always DESIRE more than I can accomplish…” – Michaelangel