Foley receives FY2020 GOMESA grant

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 9/17/20

FOLEY - The City of Foley has been awarded a $3 million GOMESA (Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act) grant for Foley Nature Parks expansion and enhancement. GOMESA grants come from offshore oil …

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Foley receives FY2020 GOMESA grant

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FOLEY - The City of Foley has been awarded a $3 million GOMESA (Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act) grant for Foley Nature Parks expansion and enhancement. GOMESA grants come from offshore oil drilling.

“Of the money received, about $2.25 million will be for land acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands by our nature parks,” said Environmental Director Leslie Gahagan. “The remaining $750,000 will be for park enhancements and road connectivity around the park.”

The second part of the project will consist of bike path improvements and fixing the southern road into the park for the disc golf area. No match is required for the grant, and the city has 12 months to spend the money. All monies will be received upfront.

“This is the first time Foley’s ever received this type of grant,” Gahagan said. “Our Wolf Creek Park was purchased with GOMESA funds, but that was Baldwin County who had received those funds. Cities very rarely receive this type of money.”

For more information, visit https://cityoffoley.org.