Boats on Lake Monona, where the parks board has asked the city council to support the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

Monona parks board backs DNR, pushes for grant renewal

Parks and Recreation Board asks city to formally announce its support for renewal of Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Lucy Ripp of the Herald-Independent reports that the Monona City Council has heard a request from the parks board to support renewing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program during the upcoming budget debates in the state legislature.

“In Monona, we have been fortunate to receive [Knowles-Nelson Stewardship] dollars to fund the purchase of land for Woodland Park, adding land to Frost Woods Park and for the reconstruction of the Lottes Park Boat Launch,” City Councilor Jennifer Kuhr is quoted in the article. “[Without the program] we would not be able to do some of the fantastic park projects that we do.” 

Kuhr notes that Monona is also hoping to make a future grant request for another project, highlighting the importance of reauthorizing Knowles-Nelson for another 10 years.

“We would like to see the Monona City Council formally support the renewal of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund because those dollars are a huge help to communities looking to expand recreational opportunities to the benefit of their citizens and their local economies,” Kuhr says.

Featured image by Benjamin Peterson, 2014.

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