COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

VOF Grant for Mint Springs Fishing Accessibility Project

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution authorizing a request to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for Virginia Outdoor Fund funding assistance.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, White, Davis, Mullaney

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

May 3, 2006

 

ACTION:                           INFORMATION:    

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                 INFORMATION:    

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation administers a grant-in-aid program for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.  Localities may apply for 50% matching fund assistance from the Virginia Outdoors Fund (VOF) up to a total of $100,000.  These funds are provided from a federal apportionment from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (L&WCF) under the purview of the National Park Service.  The Mint Springs Fishing Accessibility Improvements Project is scheduled for funding in FY 2006-2007.  County funding scheduled to be available is $196,000 which exceeds the required 50% match amount.   

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

3.6 Provide opportunities for the healthy and productive use of leisure time.

4.2 Fund County services in a fair, efficient manner and provide needed public facilities and infrastructure.

 

DISCUSSION:

The project includes construction of an accessible fishing pier as well as parking lot and pathway improvements which meet ADA requirements at the lower lake at Mint Springs.  A successful grant application when added to total County funding available may allow for the addition of an accessible restroom facility at the lower lake.  It is important to note that Mint Springs offers both warm and cold water fishing opportunities by virtue of its inclusion in the VDGIF “put and take” trout program.  Trout waters by their very nature are typically very difficult to make accessible to the disabled.  Mint Springs offers a very unique opportunity to provide a totally accessible quality trout fishing experience which will benefit all residents.  Currently there are no ADA accessible trout waters in Albemarle County and very limited accessible opportunities statewide.  When completed, Mint Springs will be the premier accessible trout fishing facility in the state program. 

 

The acceptance of L&WCF money requires the locality to dedicate the park property in perpetuity, for outdoors recreation purposes in accordance with the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.  Mint Springs Park, with the exception of 64.5 acres added to the park in 1992, is already dedicated in perpetuity from a previous L&WCF grant.  This grant would encumber the additional 64.5 acres as an outdoor recreation site in perpetuity.

 

The application package requires a resolution of support from the governing body.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

This project is already scheduled to be funded in FY 2006-2007 with County funds.  A successful grant application may allow for a more enhanced project which would include more extensive support facility additions and improvements or a reduction in the necessary County funds for the base project. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached resolution authorizing the County Executive to provide the necessary materials and to enter into such agreements as necessary to qualify for a VOF grant.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Resolution

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