CBS19: Funding bill for Orange County park project passes U.S. House

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A project in Orange County may get funding under a piece of legislation that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to a release, the bill that was introduced by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger would put $122,590 toward the revitalization of Booster Park.

This is part of the House-passed final year 2022 appropriations package that now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

The money would be used for repairs to the field, practice facility, and concession stand.

“Here in the Commonwealth, one of the most important investments we can make is in the next generation of Virginians, as well as their families. In Orange County, Booster Park is a vital community center for recreation, sports, and gatherings. However, I have heard directly from local officials about ongoing structural and facility needs at the park,” said Spanberger. “That’s why I am proud to lead this effort to secure new funding for improvements to Booster Park. I am glad to see the House pass this legislation today, and I would like to thank Orange County officials for their commitment to making their community a stronger place to live.”

“The Orange County Board of Supervisors supports the revitalization of Booster Park, the only publicly-owned sports complex and multifunctional recreation space in our community. Over half of our local middle and high school students played a sport at the 24 acre park in the last year. Numerous youth organizations, nonprofits, food pantries, businesses, civic groups, and families use the park for all kinds of events, from community-wide celebrations to career fairs. Field upgrades, fencing, and kitchen updates are needed to ensure all available amenities are fully utilized,” said James P. Crozier, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “Booster Park is an essential cultural and social asset in Orange County whether you are a parent, fitness enthusiast, business owner, or nonprofit.”

The release says this legislation is part of a new effort implemented in the U.S. House this year as part of the annual appropriations process.

The effort, called Community Project Funding, allows members of the House to submit direct applications for federal funding to support locally planned projects as part of the process.

Representatives work with community leaders in their districts to discuss community-focused project requests that are sponsored by local or state governments or nonprofits that would otherwise meet the requirements to apply for federal grant funding.

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