City eye­ing grant funds for im­prove­ments to two parks

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By JULIE DRAKE Valley Press Staff Writer

LANCASTER — The City will ap­ply for an es­ti­mated $6.5 mil­lion in com­pet­i­tive grants to make im­prove­ments at Sgt. Steve Owen Me­mo­rial Park and Raw­ley Dunt­ley Park.

The pro­posed im­prove­ments in­clude LED light­ing con­ver­sion, new ex­er­cise sta­tions and walk­ing paths, new pic­nic shel­ters and play­ground equip­ment in both fa­cil­i­ties, a splash pad at Owen Park, prom­i­nent net­ball courts, and a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the Stan­ley Kleiner Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter.

The City will ap­ply for grant funds through the Statewide Park Devel­op­ment and Com­mu­nity Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Grant Pro­gram.

Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers passed Propo­si­tion 68, known as the Parks and Wa­ter Bond Act, in June

2018. The statewide mea­sure au­tho­rized $4 bil­lion in gen­eral obli­ga­tion bonds for state and lo­cal parks, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and restora­tion projects, wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture projects and flood pro­tec­tion projects.

There are cur­rently $650 mil­lion avail­able through com­pet­i­tive grants in the first round.

The Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, which over­sees the pro­gram, re­quires the City to cer­tify by res­o­lu­tion the ap­proval of the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore it can be sub­mit­ted to the state.

The City Coun­cil on Tues­day ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion on a 4-0 vote, with Coun­cil­man Ken Mann ab­sent.

“When do we fore­see com­ple­tion?” Mayor R. Rex Par­ris asked Parks, Recre­ation and Arts Direc­tor Jeff Campbell.

Campbell said the grants process will take sev­eral months.

“Prob­a­bly six months to a year to get ev­ery­thing done. We’ll try to move on it very quickly,” Campbell said.

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