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  • Grant-Funded Rehabilitation Complete at Russell Park

    NEWS RELEASE
    October 13, 2020
    Grant-Funded Rehabilitation Complete at Russell Park


    The major makeover of Russell Park is complete, and the property will reopen to the public when reseeded grass can withstand foot traffic.

    The nearly two-acre park located on the southwest side of the City at 1000 West Church Street, has been undergoing improvements since June. 

    The park is now equipped with new and improved amenities including a new playground, new restrooms, new energy-efficient lighting, water-wise colorful landscaping accompanied by a new and improved irrigation system, a decomposed granite trail, and upgraded concrete paths along with on- and off-site accessibility improvements. 

    The lawn was recently planted from seed and will undergo an establishment period of 60-90 days. This establishment period allows the lawns roots to mature so it can hold up to foot traffic. If this is a warm fall, Russell Park will open around December 1st. If the weather is cooler, and the grass takes longer to establish, the Park will open in early January. Recreation and Parks Department staffs will establish the opening day as soon as they are confident the grass can withstand foot traffic.

    Federal dollars in the amount of $625,142 were awarded from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program.  State dollars in the amount of $232,414 were awarded to the City through the Housing-Related Parks Program.

    Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department administrative office, (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.