Disney, National Recreation and Park Association give city $40,000 for project


FARMINGTON — The Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department has received a grant to help achieve one of its goals — an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant walking trail at the soccer fields near Ricketts Park. 

Christa Chapman, spokeswoman for the PRCA, said the city received $40,000 for the project, which is estimated to cost $42,000.  

The grant came from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company. Farmington's PRCA was one of 25 agencies nationwide selected to receive a grant ranging from $10,000 to $50,0000, according to a press release. A total of $800,000 was awarded to the 25 agencies.

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The grants were distributed to projects that reach underserved demographics, such as people with disabilities.

Taylor Clem, the parks planner for PRCA, said an audit in 2014 helped the department created a transition plan for making its facilities more accessible to people with disabilities.

A walking trail at the soccer complex was one of the projects identified following the 2014 audit.

Last year, the PRCA received Community Development Block Grant funding for three projects, including the soccer complex. The CDBG funding has allowed the PRCA to work on the parking lot at the complex, but it was not enough to build the walking path, Clem said. 

"That trail was put on the back burner," he said.

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Clem said the trail is important because it will allow easier access to the bleachers so family members can watch children's soccer teams compete. He said it also will provide families the ability to exercise together. Trail markers will allow people to keep track of the distances they walk, run or jog, according to a press release. 

Clem said the design documents already have been completed. After the city completes a bid process and hires a contractor, work will begin. 

"This could be something that happens fairly quickly," he said. 

The grant money must be spent by April 2018, and Clem said he expects the project to be complete by that deadline. 

The grant also requires community outreach. Clem said Disney and the NRPA will provide the city with a survey about the project that will be distributed to residents.  

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652. 

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