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Reno parks receive facelift thanks to William N. Pennington Foundation grant

By Miriam Hodgman

City of Reno LogoCITY OF RENO NEWS RELEASE – The William N. Pennington Foundation has awarded the City of Reno Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) Department a one-time $50,000 grant to pay for some much needed park maintenance. There is no matching requirement for this grant.

“The William N. Pennington Foundation Board selected park improvement projects that will directly enhance parks in many neighborhoods throughout Reno,” said Julee Conway, PRCS Director. “The value of these renovations meets the Foundations goals, as well as the city council priority of community livability. We are so appreciative of the Foundation’s support in such a tangible way.”

The Foundation chose projects to fund from a list of needs the Department has ranked as a priority. The grant will pay for most of the cost to complete the following projects: replace broken playground equipment at University Ridge, Summit Ridge, Northgate and Robinhood Parks; replace the skate park surface at Panther Valley Skate Park; replace broken re-circulating pumps at Lake Park; repair the water play feature safety surface/drainage at Idlewild Park; repair/reconstruct two cars for the Idlewild Train; repair solar lights at Wilkinson Park; paint the footbridges at East Wingfield Park; and, replace the broken pond fountain at Idlewild Park.

The work is set to be completed by June 30, 2014. Last year the Pennington Foundation provided the Department a grant in the amount of $18,550 for various park maintenance projects.

The late William N. Pennington (former owner of the Circus Circus) began his Foundation in 1989 as part of an even broader commitment to charity. According to the mission statement, the Foundation supports organizations primarily in the State of Nevada, with an emphasis on Reno and northern Nevada. The focus is upon education and medicine to build a broad base to help people and families through difficult times.