Whittier Parks Grant Approved
City of Whittier officials and Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon are pleased to announce the approval of $1.4 million in grants for Whittier parks. The funding was announced this week following final approval of the 2018-2019 State Budget and will assist in addressing a variety of longstanding parks needs in the community.
“I am proud to facilitate much needed funding from this year’s budget for Whittier parks,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “These projects will create a more welcoming atmosphere for our residents in the City of Whittier and surrounding communities. Maintaining public spaces and parks is critical for the well being of our community and I am excited to play a small part in contributing to the enhancement of recreational life in this great City.”
“This $1.4 million grant for Whittier City parks is an outstanding acknowledgement of the role parks and recreational space play in the quality of life and health of our community,” stated Mayor Joe Vinatieri. “I’m pleased and thankful for the strong collaboration between Whittier and the Majority Leader’s Office, who helped secure this funding for six different parks in Whittier.”
The following projects were funded:
- Lee Owens Park - $500,000 to assist with costs for renovation of newly acquired parkland
- Greenway Trail - $450,000 for lighting along the trail segment between Five Points and Hadley Street
- Laurel Park - $300,000 toward a new park restroom
- Guirado Park - $80,000 toward conversion of handball courts to outdoor fitness equipment
- Palm Park - $68,000 toward replacement of deteriorating wood fitness equipment and installation of a shade structure
- Joe Miller Field - $25,000 toward repair and enlargement of the softball field backstop
Mayor Pro Tem Josué Alvarado added, “As an advocate for park expansion and improvements, I am pleased that Majority Leader Calderon wanted to work with us to fund some of Whittier’s recreational needs through this grant. I can only offer my sincerest thanks for his leadership and for his perseverance in this matter on behalf of our residents. This funding is a terrific opportunity to enhance recreational and fitness opportunities for all Whittier residents and visitors.”
The grant funding process will begin in September, 2018, with construction planned to commence in mid-2019 and estimated completion by December 2020.