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City to Get $230K Grant Award for Star Park

It’s been a bit of a rough road for the City as they worked to find ways to create the largest park playground in Ferndale. A RCO Recreation Grant of roughly $230,000 will go a long way to finally making it a reality.

Named Star Park Playground, the project, to be located on the east side of Pioneer Park (see map below), has been several years in the making and looking for a major financing source for over a year. A number of private donations have been made including several individuals and businesses who purchased $35 fence pickets to be engraved and installed around the playground area.

According to the City of Ferndale website, just over $110,000 had been raised with a goal of $320,000.

Yesterday, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office announced it was awarding more than $110 million in grants for recreation and other purposes across the state. Included in their list was the Star Park Project.

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According to an email to Discover Ferndale from RCO Outdoor Grant Manager Kyle Guzlas, “The City will be awarded an RCO Recreation Grant, agreements will be out in the next few weeks.”

The project details on the RCO website show the grant award is in the form of matching funds, requiring the City to contribute the same amount in the form of cash, staff labor and donations of cash, equipment and labor. The grant details reveal a total project cost of about $460,000 and the City has submitted the following to RCO as their matching contribution sources:

$70,000 from City Council – Real Estate Excise Tax
$58,967 from component sales & cash donations
$13,418 from staff time
$8,300 from donated engineer and landscape design
$8,300 from donated volunteer time
$81,700 from project construction volunteers

$240,685 total

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It is unknown at this time how long it will take for work to begin after all the details of the grant award have been finalized. Anyone interested in contributing time, skills, tools and other resources to the effort are encouraged to contact the City.

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