Input Needed for Future Parks Projects
California Proposition 68 has grant funding available for select park projects and the City wants your feedback! Help us make our parks great by sharing your ideas at the following community engagement meetings. All meetings are open house format - drop by anytime during the times listed.
Projects We're Working On
Renovation of the existing park site, including a potential expansion of the park onto adjacent, vacant property owned by Washington Unified School District (WUSD). Westacre Park is owned by WUSD but improved and maintained by the City. The existing park amenities include a dated skate park, basketball court, play structure without shade and turf areas used for soccer and other sports. As part of its facility and budget planning efforts, WUSD has offered additional property located immediately adjacent to the park site for a potential park expansion. The additional parcel currently includes a parking area, as well as empty warehouse buildings that have contributed to safety and access challenges. Potential improvements include removal of the existing warehouse buildings and expansion of the park to accommodate a renovated skate park and basketball courts, a shaded play area, walking path, on-site parking, restrooms to support athletic field use and any other improvements identified through the community engagement process. This site was identified in the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan as needing significant upgrades over the next five years to support extended recreation activity.
Exploring improving the underutilized playfields at the Fallbrook Campus for a new neighborhood park. The WUSD school site located at 1504 Fallbrook Street includes playfields that are no longer used by the school. As part of its facility and budget planning efforts, WUSD is renovating the school campus to prepare for Westmore Oaks Elementary School to return to the site and has offered the City an opportunity to explore improving the playfield portion of the site for public access. Proposed improvements to the site will be based on the outcomes of the community engagement process but could include items such as a shaded play structure, walking loop, picnic area, open playfield space and sports courts.
The proposed Bridge District Plaza will create a new public park space on the Sacramento River resulting in a programable venue for social gatherings, celebrations and countless public health and wellness events. The Plaza improvements could include a hardscape viewing platform complete with interactive art, landscaping and water elements.The proposed Plaza site links directly with the River Walk Trail, which is used as a hiking and biking trail, and provides access to the Bridge District with its high-density mixed use commercial and residential development.
How can we get involved?
Community engagement is a significant component of the application process! Please attend any of the community workshops listed at the top of this page to provide input.
What is Prop 68?The 2018 Prop. 68 Bond Act is providing over $650 million to fund the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program (SPP). The SPP is administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and is the largest park-related grant program in California’s history, with over $1 billion available between the 2018 Proposition 68 and 2006 Proposition 84 funding. Proposition 68 specifically recognizes disparities in park access and helps to ensure that everyone has their fair share of healthy parks, water and climate protections.
What type of projects can be built with grant funding?
Projects MUST involve new park development, a combination of land acquisition and new park development, expansion of an existing park or park renovation. Recreation features eligible under this program include, but are not limited to:
- Athletic Fields (soccer, baseball, softball, football, etc.)
- Sport Courts (basketball, tennis, pickleball, etc.)
- Dog parks
- Jogging and walking loops
- Outdoor gym exercise equipment
- Picnic/BBQ areas
- Shaded playgrounds and tot lots
- Covered picnic shelters
- Public Art (Mosaic tiles, sculptures, murals)
- Support Amenities: restrooms, parking, landscaping, pathways, etc.
When is the application deadline?
Applications are due August 5, 2019, and all funded projects must be completed by March 2022. The City is currently pursuing applications for the following eligible sites/projects:
- Westacre Park - Renovation of the entire park site, including a potential expansion of the park onto adjacent, vacant property owned by Washington Unified School District (WUSD).
- 1504 Fallbrook Street – Exploring improving the underutilized playfields at the WUSD Fallbrook Campus for a new neighborhood park.
- The Bridge District – Creating a new public park space on the Sacramento River resulting in a programmable venue for social gatherings, celebrations and countless public health and wellness events.
Which parks are eligible for funding?Eligible projects must be located in areas that lack park space OR meet median household income requirements.