Park and rec district offering grants for local programs

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By Steve Guntli

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2) is looking for applicants for grants in 2016.

BBBPRD2 wants to promote organizations that will bring recreation activities to Blaine and Birch Bay. In the past, the grants have funded playgrounds, youth sports programs, sailing courses and maintenance and upgrades to existing parks and playgrounds.

Last year, BBBPRD2 gave out more than $100,000 for local projects. Grants included $50,000 for the Marine Park playground, $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Club pavilion project and $20,000 to help the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce fund its festivals and events. BBBPRD2 program director Heidi Holmes said the district hasn’t budgeted for the grants yet.

“We’ll accept applications, and then decide on our budget based on how many worthwhile projects we want to fund,” she said. “We won’t accept everything, but this way we won’t have to limit ourselves if we get a lot of great ideas.”

Applications for the grants will be available by the end of the month, and are due October 31. Applications can be found online at blainebirchbayparkandrec.org, or in the BBBPRD2 office.

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