The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the allocation of $1,784,893.68 in competitive grant funds to 17 Cities and two County departments, which will enhance recreational opportunities at various facilities and natural areas across the Fourth District, Supervisor Don Knabe announced today.
A general description of the 19 total projects includes: enhancing recreation facilities, graffiti prevention, natural lands restoration, trails acquisition and development, and urban tree planting. The recommended project grants will be funded from the Fourth Supervisorial District’s allocation of the Safe Neighborhood Parks Propositions of 1992 and 1996. Requests for grant proposals for projects in the competitive categories described in the 1996 Proposition were sent to all eligible public agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Fourth Supervisorial District. Upon submission, grant proposals were screened for completeness and eligibility. Since sufficient funding was available to fund all eligible project proposals submitted, no eligible proposals were left unfunded.
I was very glad to assist in having these funds allocated to our Cities, said Supervisor Knabe. These projects are about making a reinvestment in our communities. These improvements will not only increase the quality of life for those who reside in the cities, but also the residents of the surrounding communities that utilize these areas.
Proposed Fourth Supervisorial District Excess Funds Projects
Old Firehouse Restoration Project Artesia
Scope: The City of Artesia is converting an old firehouse into a multi-purpose community center. The project consists of renovation of the building’s interior including a new restroom and renovation to the parking lot, fencing, windows, landscaping and painting as well as building improvements for Americans with Disability Act compliance.
Joe Machado Field Restroom Reconstruction: Avalon
Scope: Reconstruction of a restroom facility at Joe Machado Field with graffiti-prevention materials including ceramic tile and stainless steel partitions and fixtures.
West Branch Greenway Multi-modal Transportation Corridor: Bellflower
Scope: Asphalt bicycle and pedestrian trails, trail signage, landscaping, irrigation and a drinking fountain.
Cerritos Forestation Program: Cerritos
Scope: The planting of 900 trees throughout the City’s arterial median, parkways and in several parks.
Development of Sycamore Canyon Park Trail – Phase III: Diamond Bar
Scope: Construction of approximately 1,290 feet of decomposed granite/natural soil to connect two trail heads and the installation of two benches, signs, split-rail safety fences and steps/stairs.
Hermosa Senior Activity Center: Hermosa Beach
Scope: Renovation of approximately 1,800 square feet of existing space including upgraded electrical panels, a commercial kitchen, lighting, counters and cabinetry.
Blue Line Stream Restoration:
La Habra Heights
Scope: Removal of debris, non-native plants and concrete in and adjacent to the City’s environmentally sensitive stream and development of a trail along Hacienda Park.
Therapy Spa for the Splash: La Mirada
Scope: Installation of an 18-person therapy spa at the City’s Splash that will feature a hydrotherapy bench and specialized jets for muscle and joint massage.
Bloomfield Park Teen Resource Center Expansion Project: Lakewood
Scope: Expansion and renovation of an existing craft room to accommodate a new at-risk youth center including new windows, paint, security lighting and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant upgrades to the facilities restrooms.
Lomita Park Senior Walking Path: Lomita
Scope: Improvement of a mile path around Lomita Park to allow for unimpeded travel and installation of fitness stations designed for use by seniors.
Norwalk 2007 Urban Tree Project: Norwalk
Scope: Planting of 500 trees in residential neighborhoods, parkways, arterial medians and along boulevards.
Trail Rehabilitation and Improvement: Rancho Palos Verdes
Scope: Rehabilitation of the Point Vicente Neighborhood Trail including installation of metal hand rails, concrete resting pads and strengthening of existing wooden steps. The project will also include improved trail linkages in the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve.
North Redondo Beach Bikeway Lighting Project: Redondo Beach
Scope: Purchase and installation of 45 solar-powered bicycle pathway lights for the North Redondo Beach Bikeway to allow night use of the path.
George F. Canyon Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration: Rolling Hills Estates
Scope: Removal of non-native trees and plants and replacement with native plants.
Trail Improvements and Repair Project: Signal Hill
Scope: Repair of decomposed granite trails, installation of steps where grade exceeds 10%, repair of irrigation system, rehabilitation of landscaping and installation of trail signage and pet waste disposal stations.
Madrona Marsh Preserve Restoration Project: Torrance
Scope: Removal of non-native vegetation, installation of an irrigation system and planting of native plants in a “-acre tract of land on the western edge of the facility and five acres on the southeast corner of the marsh.
Whittier Greenway Trail Signage and Enhancement: Whittier
Scope: Installation of interpretive panels and interactive exhibits along the trail and the planting of trees, shrubs and grasses.
South Coast Botanic Garden Graffiti Prevention Project: Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Scope: Installation of new fencing along Rolling Hills Road and the horse trail to prevent access when the garden is closed.
Coyote Creek Bike Trail: Dept. of Public Works
Scope: Construction of 1.04 miles of a Class 1 bike trail along the west side of the Coyote Creek Channel between Carson Street and Wardlow Road.