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West park to ask for fund grant

County commissioners have agreed to match a $250,000 grant to West Lincoln Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund should the grant be approved.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides money to projects under conditions in order to promote preservation of natural resources.
The grant is in addition to a $500,000 50-50 matching grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund applied for in December.
The 54-acre tract on Hull’s Grove Church Road was purchased in 2000. Planning for development of the property has been underway since last year.
Some planned features of the park are being removed due to cost restrictions. The baseball fields, water pool feature and a portion of the walking trail will not be built. The most expensive
The original intent of planners for the project was to keep the rural, open space character and concentrate on passive pursuits instead of facilities for highly organized activities like ball fields, according to Erma Dean Hoyle, director of Lincolnton-Lincoln County Park and Recreation.
Remaining plans for the park include a mountain bike course, a soccer field, a volleyball field, shelters and an amphitheater.
by Josh Davis

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