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Grant received for park reconstruction project in O’fallon


The city of O’Fallon’s plan to provide O’Day Park with natural meadows and wildflower areas received a major boost from the Missouri Department of Conservation [MDC], which notified the city that it will receive a Community Conservation Grant Program matching grant of $30,000 for the O’Day Park Prairie Reconstruction project.

“Everybody loves to see prairie and wildflower meadows, but the plantings take a good deal of planning and follow-through maintenance, so we are lucky that the Missouri Department of Conservation stepped in with funds to do this correctly right from the start,” said Bob Deardeuff, O’Fallon ‘s Parks and Recreation landscape manager.

The grant calls for the city to control invasive species in the project area; seed at least 8 acres in O’Day Park with native grasses and plants, develop and implement a 15-year, long-term management plan to maintain habitat improvements, and install signs provided by the MDC to identify the project as supported by the Missouri Conservation Department.

For its part, the city will provide $27,000 in matching funds or in-kind assistance to acquire or rent specialized equipment, pay salaries and provide other expenses to support the project.

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