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Good news for Bridgeport's Berryman Park; the city has approved the contract for the $500,000 grant awarded by the state Recreation Conservation Office, which is the state agency responsible for administration of myriad grant programs for recreation and conservation.

The City’s 2022 grant application was ranked number four in the State within the Local Park’s Program and will enable significant improvements to Berryman Park. Improvements will include replacement of the existing restrooms, picnic shelter and playground equipment; refurbishment of the sports court; installation of an ADA accessible walkway connecting the facilities to ADA parking spaces; new picnic tables and benches, improved parking and signage.

The project represents the first of three phases of upgrades to Berryman Park, it's expected to be completed next year. The state grant requires a match of $250,000 from the city of Bridgeport, a portion of which will be city labor for demolition of existing structures. The city is looking for donations, they are tax exempt and would help ensure the success of the project.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the project, you can call Bridgeport Clerk Judy Brown at 509-686-4041.

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