• Park Development Grant Awarded to City of Santa Maria

    NEWS RELEASE
    March 11, 2020
    Park Development Grant Awarded to City of Santa Maria 


    The California Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program (SPP) announced the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department will be awarded $2,145,041 to improve Veterans Memorial Park located at 313 West Tunnell Street. The funding is part of the largest park-related grant program in California’s history. Santa Maria has the distinction of being the only project in Santa Barbara County to receive this funding generated by the passage of Proposition 68. 

    The competitive funding cycle can be a complicated process. Recreation Supervisor, Cindy Hoskins said, “I’m really proud of our grant writing team as there were 478 applicants competing to receive a portion of the $254.9 million funding allocation, and we’re so pleased that our worthwhile renovation project was one of 62 projects to be funded.”

    The Veterans Memorial Park Renovation will improve the venue by adding a new event plaza, playground, walking paths, exercise stations, art wall, basketball court, memorial garden, and new landscaping and lighting throughout the park. Local residents and veteran groups were invited to help design the park during a series of community meetings held last year. The park will feature several patriotic elements to honor veterans and inspire youth to consider military service. The grant selection committee believes building a successful park in an underserved community can make it become a “work of art.” Parks are unique places where children can play, families and friends bond, people exercise, seniors socialize, youth are mentored, cultures are celebrated, and everyone connects with nature. The vibrant parks created by the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program will create humane and healthier communities. 

    For more information, contact the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks office at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260 or watch for periodic project updates at www.cityofsantamaria.org.