Cities of Upton and Hulett receive funds to improve parks; healthcare facilities

(Gillette, Wyo.) "Right now we don't have a bathroom that's usable," said Upton's John Marshall. He's the Vice President of the town's Economic Development Board, which was just granted $386,000 by the State Loan and Investment Board to improve the community's parks. Part of that money will be used to build better facilities on the city playground, like bathrooms and picnic tables. Some of it will be used to run community events, including putting up a performance area in the park. They're already putting to use $100,000 that was donated in order to upgrade the equipment in the park, which is heavily used by the community. "We're really excited about it," Marshall added. "It's part of our strategy to improve the community and make it a better place to live and raise a family." In total, Upton will be spending $789,695 on the project. Some of the events they've hosted in the past include golf tournaments, art festivals, 5k runs, and their "Fall Festival," which runs in conjunction with the Rose Classic Car Show. They're hoping improving and expanding the park will interest residents from around Northeast Wyoming as well as Upton residents. The city of Wright was also given grant money last week by the State Loan and Investment Board. They requested $190,000 to add RV camp sites and horse stalls to the Agricultural Complex on Highway 387. [More here .] Hulett is building a new health clinic and was also granted $25,000 for developing that project. Their current health care facilities are over 30 years old and can no longer meet the needs of the town. The clinic is frequently unable to serve more than one or two patients at a time, especially if that person is seeking physical therapy services that require the use of specialized equipment. Crook County Medical Services District will help fund the planning phase of the project, which is designed to find out what kind of demand, staffing needs, and space they will need in the future. The plan will include budgeting for construction and operation of a new facility. In total the State Loan and Investment Board granted over $10 million in infrastructure projects across Wyoming this month to help strengthen local communities. The board is comprised of Governor Matt Mead, Secretary of State Ed Murray, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, State Treasurer Mark Gordon and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. #county17 #news