U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today announced that the City of Casselberry will receive $200,000 in federal funding to make improvements to Secret Lake Park. Funding will be used by city officials to replace a multi-purpose field, a playground, and a launch area for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding, as well as to install a new picnic pavilion.
“Our public parks are precious assets to our communities, and we should invest in them to keep them clean, safe, and vibrant,” said Murphy. “I congratulate the City of Casselberry for successfully competing for this federal grant to make upgrades to Secret Lake Park so that children and families in the area can enjoy even more recreational opportunities.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal grant program administered by the National Park Service within the U.S. Department of the Interior, provided the funding. LWCF is not funded with taxpayer dollars, but rather primarily with payments made by energy companies to the federal government. The City of Casselberry will provide $200,000 in local funds to match the federal funds.
Murphy is a strong supporter of LWCF. In Congress, she helped introduce bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the LWCF and to ensure its funding is used only for conservation and recreation purposes, such as improvements to local parks.