Poway receives $200K housing-related park grant
By Emily Sorensen
Get ready for the Poway Community Park to look a little nicer, because the City of Poway has received a housing-related grant that will fund improvements.
Poway was one of 33 jurisdictions in California to receive part of the $11.3 in grant funds given out under the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing-Related Parks Program. This is the third round of awards given out under this grant by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Poway will receive $200,850 to be used on park improvements.
The funds come from Proposition 1C, a voter-approved affordable housing bond that invests $2.85 billion for housing and infrastructure programs to produce an estimated 118,000 housing units, 2,350 homeless shelter spaces, and infrastructure projects that help infill housing development such as water, sewer, parks, and transportation improvements.
In order to be eligible to receive this grant, jurisdictions are required to have a certain level of affordable housing constructed in the community, and not just land zoned for affordable housing.
“The reason the program is structured [around constructed housing] is to be a reward to communities for doing right by affordable housing,” said Colin Parent, director of External Affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. “It’s really a carrot for localities to have affordable housing.”
Poway became eligible thanks to its latest affordable housing project, Brighton Place, which opened earlier this year.
“Our financial contribution to the Brighton Place affordable housing qualified us,” said Luisa Tumini of the city of Poway’s Development Services. “We’re very glad to receive the grant.”
The funds will be used to make a variety of improvements at the Poway Community Park, including resurfacing the Adventure Playground, renovations of the ball field, drainage enhancements, replacing some of the wood decking, landscaping, replacing of shade structures, the painting and preparing of the swimming pool’s shade structure, pedestrian bridge improvements, and the replacement of the modular wall system in the senior center.
Improvements to the 22.5-acre public park are expected to begin in the fall.
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