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City of Lennox to receive $25,000 Wellmark Foundation Small MATCH Grant

The City of Lennox is planning to make improvements at West Evergreen Park, thanks to a matching grant from the Wellmark Foundation.

The City of Lennox is one of seven South Dakota organizations that will receive Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants, contingent upon securing the required 50 percent match amount. The required match may be a combination of in-kind donations or services and cash. To ensure community support for these projects, organizations have until Nov. 6 to secure their match. Each of these grantees are planning projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity or access to and consumption of nutritious foods.

 “The Wellmark Foundation is proud to see all of the outstanding work communities are doing during these challenging times,” said Mary Lawyer, The Wellmark Foundation executive director. “These projects will not only provide the groundwork for access to and consumption of nutritious foods but also opportunities for physical activity within their communities — both of which will enhance the quality of life and the overall well-being of citizens for generations to come.”

The City of Lennox will be receiving $25,000 to be used for the West Evergreen Park Improvements Project.

Lennox City Administrator Nathan Vander Plaats said that matching funds will be allocated in the FY 2021 budget for park improvements.

The Lennox Community Park Board has identified a need for additional amenities at West Evergreen Park, as it is the only community green space serving the west side of the community. This grant will help to add two sand volleyball courts, playground equipment for the neighborhood children and a new identification sign.

Vander Plaats said, “I would anticipate work starting in the spring, but early work may start this fall.”

He added, “We pursued this grant to help boost the use of this neighborhood park.  We have a great area for recreation on the west side of town, and this grant will help maximize its potential.”

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