Jun 11, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff WriterA $250,000 loan to renovate the Green Mountain park area by this fall was the biggest item in the Fremont County Recreation Board's financial request to the commissioners.
The remainder of the board's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget includes $163,000 in grants to community organizations.
Recreation board members Cade Maestas and Walt Geis presented their request to the Fremont County Commission on June 3.
The recreation board's plan for Green Mountain involves installing 14 to 16 campsites, a group shelter, two vault toilets and a horse corral. The park, located 18 miles south of Jeffrey City, currently has only picnic facilities.
A $250,000 loan would allow the board to finish the whole project in one year, which would be cheaper than stretching it out over several years, Maestas said.
The recreation board could then pay the county back over five to 10 years, he said.
The second largest component of the recreation board's budget is grants for recreation infrastructure.
Community groups, government entities and individuals applied for grants from the recreation board earlier this year, Maestas said. The board added up the requests and assigned them priorities, but the commission will decide how much the recreation group will be able to award.
The board then will allocate the money according to how it ranks projects.
The recreation board is asking for $88,000 for projects in Lander. Requests for Riverton stand at $30,000, or about a third of money allocated for the county seat, while $43,000 is budgeted for the rest of Fremont County.
Maestas said the amount requested by the communities varies from year to year. He said the amount awarded to Riverton projects had exceeded that for Lander projects in the past.
Maestas also said the recreation board requested funding for all grant applications it received that met its criteria.
Top priority projects for Lander include the parking lot at the Johnny Behind the Rocks mountain biking area, work on the arena ground for the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association, a restroom for North Park and work on the Lander skatepark. All would receive $7,000, according to the proposed budget.
The top priority for Riverton is the Riverton Ice Hockey Association's request for a concession stand and a girls and referee changing room. The amount budgeted is also $7,000.
Three projects in other parts of the county are listed as top priorities. The first is $7,000 for a hard surface at a new preschool operated by Child Development Services of Fremont County.
Improvements to Travis Park in Shoshoni was the second and totaled $7,000. The third is for $3,400 for a shelter at Centennial Park, also in Shoshoni.
The recreation board will not know how much it will receive until the commission sets a final budget in July. The board will then have to decide how much to give each group applying for grant.
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