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Wyoming Proposes $40M in Grants to Improve Outdoor Recreation

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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon in December released his proposals for the use of the first round of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

According to a release, Gordon recommends dedicating just under $500 million in funds to a range of programs and investments, including $40 million for improving outdoor recreation in the state.

Wyoming will receive more than $1 billion directly from ARPA.

In his letter, the governor said that the grant program would lead to building new outdoor recreation facilities and maintaining existing outdoor recreation infrastructure.

In the wake of the pandemic, Wyoming State Parks and Wyoming communities saw a 41 percent boost in outdoor recreation visitation as people looked for places to escape and improve their mental and physical health.

Communities and parks did not have the capacity to provide outdoor recreation opportunities and State Parks and infrastructure for this growing number of visitors, as per the governor’s letter attached to the release.

“This Cultural trend is expected to continue. Existing outdoor Resources recreation infrastructure does not have a robust funding source for ongoing construction, maintenance, and enhancement,” the letter reads.

“This grant program would lead to construction of new outdoor recreation products and to maintain existing outdoor recreation infrastructure for the enjoyment of future generations.” 

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