Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development announce funding for Crittenden County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today a $70,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for Crittenden County.  The grant will be used for the Dam 50 Recreational Area.

            The Dam 50 Recreational Area will receive funds to construct a picnic pavilion.  In addition, 10 new recreational vehicle (RV) camping sites with sewer hookup and restrooms will also be created.

            “Dam 50 is a historic area that is further developing its tourism industry,” said GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams.  “Governor Fletcher and this administration are focused on tourism as a tool for economic development.”

             “The Dam 50 recreational area is an important project to the people of Crittenden County,” Crittenden County Judge/Executive Fred Brown stated.  “Not only is it a part of our area’s history, but it is also important for our county’s tourism.”

            The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks.  The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.