Border board grant lays groundwork for future Vale parks blueprint

Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando talks about a recent grant delivered to the city that will help officials draft a parks master plan. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – The city of Vale got a big boost recently to refurbish city parks.

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board awarded a $61,000 grant to the city to fund a new parks master plan.

Updating the parks master plan is needed to pursue funding for actual parks work, said Tom Vialpando, Vale mayor.

“It really gives you leverage when it comes to writing for future grants,” said Vialpando.

The grant from the border board is a “huge deal,” said Vialpando.

“Because we’ve been turned down on a couple of grants already because they wanted to see the parks master plan and when . . .