Grant application recommended for Brandon Park work

The city Recreation Commission on Monday gave a positive recommendation to a city administration request to obtain a $250,000 federal grant toward renovation of Brandon Park.

The grant would be from the U.S. Department of Interior Land and Water Conservation funds and pass through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said John Grado, city engineer and city director of community and economic development.

The Brandon Park and Shade Tree Commission has made a similar positive recommendation, Grado said.

As part of the grant application process, the deed to Brandon Park must be modified to state the park will be maintained as a public recreational facility in perpetuity, Grado said.

The City Council will modify the deed, but it does not change any conditions in the deed other than the modification, Grado said.

To match the $250,000 grant, the city has set aside $125,000 in community development in this year’s budget and will request another $125,000 in community development funds to be used in the budget for 2017, Grado said.

The park renovation project is estimated to cost $450,000, with $50,000 in engineering design costs.

The work includes creating a zone identified as “Nature Play,” an educational area for children and others to learn about aquatic life, a bio retention area, resurfacing tennis courts, pathway connector improvements and lighting.

The proposed grant application seeking federal funding will go through the city Public Works and Finance committees today and may be voted on by City Council Thursday.