Park in Craftsman Village Will be Funded by State Grant

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grant-money-250x250A $722,465 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency will be enough to completely fund a new park in the Craftsman Village /Hellman neighborhood. The park will be constructed at 851 Orange Avenue.

“We are extremely excited about being awarded this grant, and we’d like to thank Councilmember Garcia for his continued support,” said Phil Hester, Director of the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department. “This grant program was extremely competitive but the State was able to understand the need for a new park in this extremely dense area. I think we had an edge by working with the community from the start on the design of the park.”

The plans for the new park, and the grant award, are the result of a collaboration among First District City Councilmember Robert Garcia, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and the Craftsman Village Neighborhood Association

“This new park is going to be a beautiful addition to one of our most historic neighborhoods, and I’m really proud to be able to bring some much-needed green space to this community,” said Councilmember Garcia. “I’m grateful to the residents who have advocated for this park and were so essential in choosing its design. Now to have the park funded and be able to move forward is just really exciting.”

The park will be built on a 0.3-acre vacant lot, which was purchased by the RDA. The site is a good location for a park as the dense area is completely built-out and open land is non-existent. Park construction is expected to begin early next year, and will include drought-tolerant landscaping, sitting areas and walking paths.

The grant funding came from the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program in its first round of awards.

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