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The city of Middleton's Piccadilly Park splash pad that was unveiled on Memorial Day received $148,500 in funding from the Land and Water Conservation federal fund. 

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A $900 million annual federal program for public land projects and conservation is set to expire Sept. 30 unless Congress votes to reauthorize it. From community parks and pools to the Boise Greenbelt, dollars from the fund contribute to the creation and expansions of public spaces.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1964 to redirect royalties from off-shore and gas drilling toward outdoor and recreation programs. Initially authorized for 25 years, the program has been extended twice and is due to expire this month.

Riley Bunch is the night digital reporter for the Idaho Press. Reach her at 208-465-8169 or follow @rebunch8 on Twitter.

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