Three Parks and Recreation Facilities will be getting a minor make over thanks to a grant secured by the Office of State Senator Bob J. Archuleta of the 32nd District.
Last month, City Officials took part in a check presentation ceremony in the amount of $370,000 as part of the Local Assistance Specified Grant. Approved by the California State Senate, Assembly, and Governor, the appropriated funds were part of a special request made by District 32 State Senator Bob Archuleta on behalf of the City of Pico Rivera. This special grant is administered through the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS).
The grant funds that the City is going to receive are earmarked for improvements at Rio Hondo, Smith, and Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary Park sites.
The Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary Park and Rio Hondo Park, where last month’s ceremony took place, will have their respective playground equipment replaced. Both park sites equipment is approximately 10 years old and was not part of the Parks Master Plan that was implemented a few years back.
Another facility looking to benefit from this grant funding is the Smith Park Aquatic Center. At the Aquatic Center, funds will be used to upgrade the pool heater and expansion joint repair. These projects in particular will provide for energy and water conservation measures at the Smith Park pool where the heater and expansion joints are no longer functional.
The City will continue to seek grants to assist with City programming and facility upgrades that help offset the overall maintenance and repair costs that are associated with upgrading City facilities.