City eyeing grant funds for improvements to two parks
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.