Nine organizations seeking more than $2.1 million have applied for a Community Preservation Fund grant.
“There were no real surprises,” community preservation administrator Carole E. Sutherland said of the requests.
The majority of the requests are for recreational uses. Five organizations requested a combined $1,739,711 for potential projects. The most expensive request comes from the Falmouth Department of Public Works, which is seeking $694,000 for an extension to the Shining Sea Bikeway.
The department seeks to extend the bikepath by 0.7 miles, from its current terminus on County Road in North Falmouth to the Bourne town line. This is part of a collaboration with Bourne and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to create an 18-mile-long contiguous bike path from the Cape Cod Canal to Vineyard Sound.
The Falmouth Recreation Department requested $429,485 for rehabilitation of the Nye Park tennis and pickleball courts. The proposed rehabilitation will convert the existing courts into two dedicated tennis courts and four dedicated pickleball courts.
Through the planning and conservation departments, the Shivericks Pond Working Group requested $290,000 to build a viewing platform of the southwest corner of the pond and install a 40-foot-long, ADA-accessible walkway from the trail to this platform. The proposal also includes vista clearing and the creation of a gateway park at the site.
Also requesting recreation funding were Falmouth Youth Baseball and the Falmouth Rod & Gun Club. Falmouth Youth Baseball seeks $174,728 to replace the baseball diamond fence at Trotting Park Field, while the rod and Gun club requested $151,498 for its Upper Childs River and Farley Bog restoration project.
There was one open space application. The conservation commission and The 300 Committee Land Trust requested $121,000 for public access improvements at the Little Pond Conservation Area. This includes a three-year treatment program to remove invasive species, including spotted knapweed and Japanese knotweed, from around the pond.
The final three funding requests were for historic preservation projects.
The largest request comes from the Waquoit Congregational Church, which asked for $159,470 for repair and preservation of gravestones at the Bay View Cemetery.
The two other requests come from town committees. The historical commission is seeking $30,000 for phase four of its ongoing inventory of historic resources in town. Working with the planning department, the Edward Marks advisory committee requested $50,000 for a historic structures report related to the former poorhouse.
No funding requests for community housing projects were received, Ms. Sutherland said. Even though no applications were received, by law, 10 percent of the Community Preservation Fund’s annual revenue must be used for community housing projects.
“That 10 percent will go into the community housing reserve, unless it is appropriated into the Falmouth Affordable Housing Fund,” Ms. Sutherland said.
The Community Preservation Act also requires that 10 percent of the annual revenue go to historic preservation projects and open space or recreation projects. The remaining 70 percent is undesignated.
In total, the nine requests come to a combined $2,100,181. The projects will be evaluated for eligibility for funding under the Community Preservation Act. Applicants will go before the Community Preservation Committee in the months ahead. Projects recommended by the committee will proceed to the April Town Meeting for funding.