Portsmouth wins $100,000 grant for ‘Elmhurst Park’

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DEM awards 5.15.14 091PORTSMOUTH — The Town of Portsmouth has been awarded a $100,000 state open space/recreation grant that will be used to make improvements at the former site of the Elmhurst School, which was torn down earlier this year.

Town Council President James Seveney and Council Vice President John Blaess attended a May 14 awards ceremony at the State House that was hosted by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Janet Coit, director of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.

Portsmouth was one of 25 communities across the state to be awarded the matching grant.

“In our case, Portsmouth was awarded a $100,000 grant to help install a parking area and walking path at our newest park, on the old Elmhurst School site,” said Mr. Seveney.

There was a lot of competition for the funding, he said, which comes from the state open space bond authorization of 2012. “Our category was ‘Historic/Passive Park Projects’ and we were awarded the maximum amount for the category,” he said.

The grant application was developed by a team comprised of Town Administrator John Klimm, Town Planner Gary Crosby, Public Works Director Dave Kehew and Tina Dolan, executive director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission.

“Vice President Blaess and I thank our team for the hard work in writing up this successful application. We will certainly put this funding to good use in completing Elmhurst Park,” Mr. Seveney said.

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