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MCPARC Accepting Applications For Community Grants

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The bitter cold temperatures make it hard for us to believe spring is actually right around the corner.

But soon enough the snow will be melting away and outdoor activities will once again become realistic.

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission is making sure communities are ready.

"It's our chance to give back to the smaller parks and communities throughout the county," said Tony Michalski, MCPARC Director.

In the past 25 years, MCPARC's Community Grant Program has given more than 670 thousand dollars to small communities for outdoor recreation.

"The grants range from $500 to $5000," Michalski said. "we are looking for groups to do recreational improvements to any of the playgrounds, fields, and schools around Marion County."

MCPARC said of the most successful project happened right here outside of West Fairmont Middle School. The grant allowed the community to completely revitalize the park you see around me.

"It's right there on 10th street. It gets a lot of use and every time you drive by it, you see people out there playing on it. The school gets a lot of use bringing their gym classes out there too," Michalski said.

Healthcare professionals said outdoor recreational activities are essential for kids now a days.

The more kids can get outside, the greater chance the number of obese children will lower.

"TV games and those kind of things, they've taken over. Kids tend to migrate there rather then go outside and those kinds of things. Take your kids to a park and walk. Just walking is an activity that can be gratifying to both children and parents," said Sue Darrah, Fairmont General Hospital.

Communities must apply to be considered for the grant and be able to match it by at least 50 percent.

"It's a real gratifying program. We can go around and we can see all of the improvements we've made. $670,000 worth of improvements and you can see a lot of them in just about any park in the county," said Michalski.

The deadline for the applications are March 12.