KENAI - A substantial federal grant will go toward much-needed repairs and upgrades for venues to be used to host the Arctic Winter Games in March 2006.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly accepted the grant at its meeting on Tuesday night.
The $745,575 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development was secured by Sen. Ted Stevens.
The assembly will spread the funds among four projects. Homer's yet-to-be-built ice rink will get $397,640 of the grant to pay for an icing system and dasher boards. Homer will be the site of the curling competition.
Another $149,115 will cover the costs of snowmachines, groomers, signs, timing systems and trail lighting for the Tsalteshi Trails system in Soldotna. The Soldotna Sports Center will get new scoreboards and a marquee with their $99,410 share. A similar amount has been set aside to pay for sporting gear and other equipment for athletes boroughwide.
Improvements to the ice rink in Kenai, once part of the grant proposal, have been eliminated from the distribution, but will be funded through other revenues sources, according to borough grants manager Bonnie Golden.
The AWG Host Society recently announced major cash and in-kind contribution commitments totaling $590,000, bringing the total raised to more than $2.2 million.
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