Prop 68 Grant Application Update:
A big thanks to all of you who participated in the Property 68 community engagement efforts!! Please read below for an overview of the grant application process and award announcements.
The 2018 Proposition 68 Bond Act provides 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 focuses on ensuring that everyone has access to healthy parks, water and climate protections.
After a robust community engagement process and with the help of local healthcare organizations, Washington Unified School District (WUSD) and hundreds of community members, on August 5, 2019, the City submitted three applications requesting over $20 million in grant funding for the following park projects:
1. Westacre Park - Renovation of the entire park site, including a potential expansion of the park onto adjacent, vacant property owned by WUSD.Westacre Park is owned by WUSD but improved and maintained by the City. The grant application for this site included the demolition of the existing warehouse buildings and an expansion of the park to accommodate a renovated skate park and basketball courts, a shade structure for the play area, a walking loop, on-site parking, a restroom building, new play equipment and a water feature.
2. New Neighborhood Park at 1504 Fallbrook Street – 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 OaksElementary School to return to the site and offered the City an opportunity to explore improving the playfield portion of the site for public access. Proposed improvements to the site include new fencing and a walking loop around the perimeter of the park, a shaded play structure, picnic areas, enhanced landscaping, open playfield space and a sports court. This park site would be accessible during non-school hours.
3. The Bridge District Plaza- Acquisition of property for a new public plaza and improvements including a hardscape viewing platform of the river complete with interactive art, landscaping and water elements.The 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.
Unfortunately, the City did not receive project funding for this round of the grant program. The City intends to resubmit the applications for the next round of grant program funding, which is anticipated to be in late 2020 or early 2021.
LISTEN: Conversation about Proposition 68 and how funds will benefit West Sacramento Parks with Parks and Recreation Director Traci Michel, City Communications and Media Officer Paul Hosley, and Community volunteer Matthew Hargrove. Segment aired on West Sacramento radio station KYWS, 92.9 FM.
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.