US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Two Corps Lakes Within Vicksburg District Receive “Every Kid in a Park” Grants

Published Jan. 20, 2016
The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Vicksburg, Miss… Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District lakes have been selected to receive Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) transportation grants from the National Park Foundation. A total of eight Corps lakes have been selected to receive the grants. Collectively, they will receive $33,800 in grant funding. Each of these projects worked with either local partners or the national partner, the Corps Foundation, to submit the grant application that will help bring 4th grade classes to our Corps lakes in support of the EKIP initiative. https://everykidinapark.gov/

Lakes within the Vicksburg District receiving grants are DeGray Lake and Lake Ouachita. DeGray Lake, located in Bismarck, Arkansas, is receiving the grant for its EKIP Learning Excursions, the local partner is the Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful Organization.

Lake Ouachita, located in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, is receiving the grant for its Ecology Day in May-Environmental programs for Lake Hamilton and Mountain Pine School 4th grade students to be held at Avery Park, the national partner is The Corps Foundation.

A primary goal of the Every Kid in a Park initiative is to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors, and to inspire children to become future stewards of our nation’s natural and historic treasures.

The Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. To find the Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation site near you, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

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Contact
Shirley Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

Release no. 16-004