President Signs into Law Spanberger Legislation to Provide More than $120,000 for Booster Park Revitalization Project in Orange

Mar 15, 2022
Local Issues
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This Funding will Support Field Repairs, Practice Facility Repairs, & Concession Stand Repairs at Booster Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden today signed into law U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s legislation to provide $122,590 for the revitalization of Booster Park in Orange.   

The thousands of dollars in funding for improvements to Booster Park — which Spanberger successfully secured as part of a House and Senate-passed fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations package — will be used for repairs to the field, practice facility, and concession stand. Spanberger worked directly with Orange County officials to move this funding request forward.

“One of the most important investments we can make is in the next generation of Virginians. In Orange County, Booster Park is an important spot for community sports, recreation for kids, and family gatherings. However, I have heard directly from local officials about the longstanding need for repairs at the park,” said Spanberger. “Over the last year, I have been proud to lead the charge to secure this funding, which was just signed into law by the President. As this funding is now delivered directly to Central Virginia, I would like to thank the leaders of Orange County for their engagement with my office and their commitment to making their community an even stronger place to live.”

“Orange County Parks and Recreation is ecstatic to be the recipient of federal funding to improve the ballfields, practice facilities, and concession stand at Booster Park,” said Theodore L. Voorhees, County Administrator, Orange County. “The park is utilized by numerous sports teams and community partners who will directly benefit from these repairs. This project supports the Board of Supervisors’ initiative to expand parks and recreation facilities across the county.”

BACKGROUND

This year, the U.S. House of Representatives implemented a new effort as part of its annual appropriations process, which allowed for specific Community Project Funding requests — like the Booster Park revitalization project in Orange. Spanberger worked directly with community leaders in all 10 counties of the Seventh District to gather community-focused requests for her submissions. Click here for a full list of her submissions.

The Community Project Funding process was created to ensure that Members of Congress, in concert with the communities they represent, may submit direct applications for federal funding to support locally planned projects as part of the yearly appropriations process.

To be eligible, projects must be sponsored by local or state government entities or non-profit organizations and must be projects that would otherwise meet the qualifications to apply for federal grant funding. The purpose of Community Project Funding is to ensure direct, local engagement as part of the federal appropriations process. In line with this goal, funding applications must demonstrate significant local support for the projects. 

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