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Omnibus Bill funding $500,000 Gardner Park grandstand and ballfield project

NEWPORT  The House of Representatives voted to pass the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, funding the government for the coming fiscal year.

The bill included several key provisions championed by Representative Peter Welch.

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The projects received a total of $212 million in funding, including support for 15 community projects submitted by Rep. Welch.

In Newport, $500,000 will go to the Gardner Park grandstand and ballfield project.

The grandstand has been a fixture in Gardner Park for over 80 years and is one of only a few original wooden structures left in the State of Vermont.

The funding will facilitate structural repairs and major updates.

The money will also make it fully usable by the public again as well as ADA accessible.

Other community projects, championed by Rep. Welch and Senators Leahy and Sanders, will address pressing issues across the state of Vermont, including access to mental health care, affordable housing, and healthy and affordable foods.

“I am particularly glad to see $11.6 million included for the 15 projects submitted by my office,” said Rep. Welch. “These community-led projects will provide essential services for Vermonters, create jobs, and help our state continue to thrive in the years to come.”

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