SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – The Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution, Nov. 1, directing $12,133,500 from the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act - through the ARP sub-category Strong Healthy Communities Neighborhood Features (2.22).
RFPs were received from numerous firms with multiple proposed areas of funding. The submitted proposals were evaluated in accordance with Spokane County established ARP policy for solicitation, selection and allocation. The proposal voted on by the Commissioners scored the highest on the matrix published with the RFP. They are:
- Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf in an amount not to exceed $11,000,000 for two projects – Plante’s Ferry improvements and development of a new park in the West Plains; and,
- HUB Sports Center in an amount not to exceed $990,000 for an outdoor sports complex that will be open to the public; and,
- Family Promise of Spokane in an amount not to exceed $143,500 for a playscape and greenspace open to the public.
Mary Kuney, Chair of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners stated, “Investment of these funds in Community and Regional parks provide equitable access opportunities to all populations, improve mental and physical health, and support well-being. We have such an amazing park system that strives to serve not only our citizens, but thousands of visitors every year. As we continue to grow our economy and community, it’s important for us to continue to invest in our park system, because the two are directly related.”
Spokane County Commissioner Al French added, “I’m excited that my fellow Commissioners have joined me in supporting funding for a long overdue park in the West Plains. Park Staff are currently exploring a couple options for acquisition. This future park will accommodate many opportunities for West Plains residents for generations to come. The park will be one of several amenities to be added that will enhance the quality of life for the residents.”
Spokane County Commissioner Josh Kerns said, “The County is using these ARP dollars to invest in important regional assets such as Plante’s Ferry which will allow us to better serve athletes of all ages in our community. I’m excited to see Plante’s Ferry play a more significant role in bringing large tournament events to Spokane County.”
Spokane County’s ARP website serves as a one-stop shop for all things ARP related. Visit the ARP website to learn more information about ARP funds, view Spokane County’s funding priorities, view Requests for Proposals to fulfill funding priorities, view surveys, submit informal idea funding requests, and to view current Federal compliance and reporting guidelines.