Santa Maria Out of doors Recreation Expertise program receives grant funding | Authorities and Politics


The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department received more than $500,000 in grants for its Santa Maria Outdoor Recreation Experience program, also known as SMORE.

“This $589,000 grant will enable the department to provide unique opportunities for outdoor and nature education, leadership development, and the growth and stewardship of our public lands while providing fun experiences for youth, adults, and seniors in our community.” , said Dennis Smitherman, recreation services manager.

Among other things, the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department operates Los Flores Ranch Park at 6271 Dominion Road, where families can learn about the environment and land conservation while on recreation. The site includes over 8 miles of trails.

California State Parks provides select communities with the funds to advance the Free Access for All initiative championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The initiative aims to expand outdoor access for all Californians through targeted investments in open space infrastructure and outdoor programs, with a focus on expanding access to undeserving communities.

“US$167.78 million was requested and US$57 million was awarded, demonstrating that this grant was very competitive and the department staff are excited to be able to offer unique outdoor adventures,” said Smitherman.

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951 ext. 2260.