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Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) has awarded 22 projects as part of its Park System Grant Program, a 50/50 matching grant program available to city, county and tribal park systems.

The PSGP provides grants for recreation projects such as ball fields, pools, campgrounds, playgrounds and other recreation facilities utilized to support local park systems. The grants were divided into two categories – Category A includes $1 million of funding for communities with a population of 15,000 or less and Category B includes $5 million for communities with a population over 15,000.

NDPRD received 58 applications with project costs totaling $35.5 million.

“These grants provide a significant boost to communities across North Dakota and we’re very grateful the Legislature was supportive of funding this program in its recent session,” said NDPRD Director Cody Schulz. “The new projects and park upgrades are especially impactful as we work to create healthier, vibrant communities.”

The awardees include:

Category A: Total grant amount available - $1,000,000

  • City, County, or Tribal community with a population of 15,000 or less

  • Maximum grant award - $150,000

Beach – a new public pavilion at the community park

Neche – new pool house and winter sport warming house

Bowman – new playground equipment

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians – new park and restrooms

Reynolds – new picnic tables

Zap – playground surface replacement

Linton – playground equipment replacement

Wishek – playground upgrades, new boat docks, campsites and ball field fencing

Spirit Lake – new restroom for sports field

Grafton – new rental cabin

Walhalla – new bathhouse and an office

Hillsboro – swimming pool water pipes replacement

Category B: Total grant amount available - $5,000,000

  • City, County, or Tribal community with a population of 15,001 or more

  • Maximum Grant Award - $1,000,000

Grand Forks – new park with bike paths and skating loop

Minot – new trail head facility with parking lot

West Fargo – new city park with trails, skateboard park and pickleball courts

Fargo – non-motorized trail concrete projects

Williams County Parks – new shower house and restrooms

Jamestown – upgrades to park facilities and playground equipment

Williston – new water park

Mandan – ballpark lighting replacement

Bismarck – ballpark improvements to field, fencing and ticket booth


A full list of projects and funding awarded can be found on our website.

For more information about the grants, contact NDPRD Recreation Chief Tony Hillig at ahillig@nd.gov or 701-328-5366.

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