PIERRE — The state of South Dakota awarded a total of $764,430 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to several communities, including a handful of area towns.

The federal assistance program provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for outdoor recreation projects. The following area communities were awarded LWCF grants for outdoor recreation projects:

  • Emery – Pool improvements project, $29,430
  • Menno – Pool improvements project, $20,000
  • Mitchell – Dry Run Creek Skatepark Expansion, $53,000
  • Plankinton – Poolside Park improvement project, $73,000
  • Wessington Springs – Pool renovation, $189,000

“I commend these project sponsors for their strong commitment to improve their communities and make South Dakota a better place to live, work and play,” Gov. Kristi Noem said. “Their efforts will benefit future generations of South Dakotans.”

Land and Water Conservation Funds come from the National Park Service and are administered in South Dakota by the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks.