City of Fullerton Wins Grants from the State of California and KaBOOM!
The City of Fullerton’s Parks and Recreation Department announced it will receive $784,550 in grant funding to improve Gilbert Park, Hillcrest Park, and develop a future park.
The California River Parkways Grant Program awarded the City $380,000 for improvements at Hillcrest Park. Improvements will include the restoration of the waterway to a natural creek encouraging wildlife habitat. The project will also consist of adding a recreational path along the creek, restoring the pedestrian and vehicular bridges, and adding drought tolerant landscaping along the creek.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the City grant funds totaling $364,550 to potentially develop a vacant lot on Pearl Drive into a park. For over 13 years, City staff has been working with property owners, residents, and community groups to clean up and acquire the lot at 3011 Pearl Drive for a public park.
Lastly, the non-profit organization KaBOOM! awarded the City of Fullerton $40,000 to replace the playground equipment at Gilbert Park. KaBOOM! projects are unique because they involve the community and bring together hundreds of volunteers and funding partners to build the entire playground in one day. The “Build Day” for Gilbert Park is scheduled for December 03, 2016.
“We are so incredibly grateful to the California River Parkways Grant Program, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and KaBOOM! for their generosity in supporting our community through these very important projects,” said Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald. “We are excited at the possibilities these donations provide to further improve our parks.”