CALIFORNIA CITY – A committee of California City citizens worked months on an application for funds from the State to make improvements to Central Park. This grant proposal was submitted Aug. 5. Many communities in California submitted applications, totaling around 900 other cities. In December an announcement will be made to the cities that will receive grant funds.
Cal City’s proposal applied for over $8 million dollars to make restoration improvements to Central Park Lake, to improve and create new paths, build a boardwalk on the lake, make a new splash pad and skate park, a new waterfall and footbridge, repair an historic bridge, build new bathrooms, install outdoor exercise equipment, and improve the parking lot.
Five public town hall meetings were held in March, April and May to get public input for suggestions for new activities wanted and needed at the park so all age groups would benefit. There was good attendance and enthusiastic support that created ideas for design, locations, landscaping, and safety.
Because of the intense competition from other cities in California, the committee is hoping to receive the needed funding, although if not, the gathering of ideas, statistics, and information is invaluable for future funding attempts.