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Sparks City Council Meeting 1/23/2017

General Business: 9.2

Title: Consideration and possible acceptance of a grant from The Nell J. Redfield Foundation in the amount of $33,000 for the Sparks Parks & Recreation Department to continue various programming in 2017.
Petitioner/Presenter: Tracy Domingues/Shauna Nelson
Recommendation: For the City Council to accept the grant from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation.
Financial Impact: None
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
    
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

Acceptance of this grant will enable the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department to continue the Nell J. Redfield Free Neighborhood Playground Program and the Leisure Without Limits Programs.



Background:

The City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department continues its lead role in creating awareness and providing recreational programming for people with disabilities in the Truckee Meadows.  The Leisure Without Limits programs include weekly art classes and bowling as well as other seasonal events for people with disabilities.  The Playground Program dates back to 1990  in Sparks. The program has been offered free of charge to children in the first through sixth grade. With grant funding and a "home" at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, the program can continue with daily organized activities, crafts, swimming and weekly field trips.  The program also has access to the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  Free nutritious lunches are served to program participants daily.



Analysis:

The Nell J. Redfield Free Neighborhood Playground Program is offered at no cost to participants.  The Leisure Without Limits programming is offered at very minimal or no cost to the participants. The Nell J. Redfield grant is needed in order to continue with these programs.



Alternatives:

1.  The Council may elect not to accept this grant.

2. The Council may redirect staff to seek another source of funding.



Recommended Motion:

I move to accept this grant from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation in the amount of $33,000 to continue programs as outlined by staff.



Attached Files:
     grant letter.pdf

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