California State Parks Awards $46 Million in Grants to Enhance Leisure Alternatives – The Bloom

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California State Parks announced a $46.2 million investment to build healthier communities by creating and improving recreational facilities at 25 local parks. Grants funded by Proposition 68 through the Rural Recreation and Tourism and Regional Park programs will be used to improve outdoor recreation facilities such as hiking trails, campgrounds, multi-sport fields, skate and bike parks, and picnic areas.

“Congratulations to the 25 communities who received grant funding,” said State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “I look forward to seeing the projects materialize and Californians starting to enjoy them. Spending time outdoors not only helps us connect with our communities, but can also support our mental and physical health. A healthier California is good for all of us.”

State Parks evaluated $235.8 million in funding applications for the regional parks program out of the $23.1 million available in this application cycle. For the Rural Recreation and Tourism Program, the department evaluated $182.3 million in funding applications out of the $23.1 million available.

One grantee, Kern County, will receive nearly $2.7 million from the Regional Park Program to improve the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area near the city of Bakersfield by building a new multipurpose trail, water playground, shaded and lighted Picnic pavilions, a dog park and flour to improve floating docks and through erosion control measures. The City of Clearlake will receive $3 million from the Rural Recreation and Tourism Program to create the new Burns Valley Sports Complex by constructing a new multipurpose turf field with lighting and a walking trail. a playground; Lighted ball fields – including a softball field, a baseball field, a little league field and two t-ball fields; two picnic areas; and a sanitary building. A list of all grant recipients is available online at: Rural Recreation and Tourism: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=28439 or Regional Parks Program: Regional Park Program (ca.gov).

“These park improvements are an exciting development as we invest in communities throughout our diverse state,” said California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot. “All Californians deserve access to recreational opportunities so they can enjoy California’s outdoors and cultural, historical and natural resources.”

Programs such as the Regional Park program help advance the Open Air Access for All initiative championed by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the Natural Resources Agency’s Open Air For All initiative. These efforts are expanding outdoor access to all Californians through targeted investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programs and improvements in permit applications, with a priority on expanding access in underserved communities.

The state park’s Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) develops grant programs to fund projects by local, state, and nonprofit organizations. Since 1964, more than 7,400 local parks throughout California have been created or enhanced through grant funding from OGALS. Since 2000, OGALS has administered approximately $3 billion in grants across California. For more information, visit parks.ca.gov/grants or follow the program on Facebook at Facebook.com/caparkgrants.

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