Wash. Port Looks To Add New RV Park

January 23, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Wash. Port Looks To Add New RV Park

The priorities in a push for a golf-course enhancement grant from the state of Washington took a shift last Thursday night (Jan. 16) as a dozen people gathered to discuss the six parts of the preferred list of ideas, The Star of Grand Coulee reported.

Number six on the list, the RV park project, took front and center as stakeholders took a serious look at how the grant application to the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office might be structured.

The RV park would provide a revenue source for the money-starved, 18-hole Banks Lake Golf Course, while the other five priorities would not.

Frank Andrews Jr ., led the discussion and will write the grant, seeking some $500,000 from the state’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant requires a full match, and that’s where it will take some creative work to satisfy this requirement.

Andrews, who writes grants for the Colville Tribes, said labor, equipment use, and a number of other things qualify for in-kind matching money.

Port District 7, which operates the golf course, had a study done by its engineering firm on what it would cost to put in an RV park with some 44 hookups and a few tent sites. The price tag provided sticker shock when the estimated cost came in at $1.45 million. The port district was considering ways to reduce this cost.

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