By Quay County Sun Staff
This summer, a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) grant will make improvements possible at Jennings Park and provide funds to hire six youths.
The $25,561 YCC grant will be used at the softball complex to pave walkways and create a platform next to the bleachers, said Yvette Fazekas, project coordinat
Construction will be for eight weeks from June 4 to July 27, Fazekas said.
Under the YCC grant guidelines, six youths, ages 14 to 24, will be employed and paid to construct the new walkways under the supervision of city crews, she said.
The grant also enables the city to make this section of walkways, from the entrance to the concession stand and to bathrooms, accessible for those with disabilities and the elderly, according to the American Disabilities Act, Fazekas said.
The grant was one of 30, totaling $2.8 million, awarded earlier this month by the YCC, according to an early December press release from the office of the governor.
Gov. Bill Richardson said in the release, “Encouraging our youth to promote conservation and enhance the state’s natural resources through community projects benefits all New Mexicans.”
Joanna Prukop, secretary for the state’s Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, said in the release, “Our Youth Conservation Corps is also an integral part of economic development plans in many of these communities. The program has been involved in trail development and these trails support tourism, bike races, and biathlons. “
The YCC solicited proposals and received 41 applications. The projects are located throughout the state and vary from the installation of a mural at a convention center to building shade structures along a trail.