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Inglewood Wins $2.6 Million Grant for Center Park

The City of Inglewood has been awarded a $2,670,000 grant for use in revitalizing and expanding Center Park, which is located in the southern section of the city at 3656 West 111th Street. These funds are provided through the State of California's Prop 84 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program.

The City will use the funds to provide for the acquisition of .82 acres adjacent to the existing park and development of 2.06 acres including construction of a new perimeter walking trail, exercise stations, tot lot/play area, ornamental gardens, restroom building, site furnishings, lighting, fencing, irrigation, and landscaping.

"One of the basic goals of the City is to provide for the recreational and cultural well being of residents of all ages," said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. "Improvements at Center Park not only will enhance aesthetics in the neighborhood, but will also benefit the health of families, youth, senior citizens, and other population groups by meeting their recreational, cultural, social, and environmental needs."

As a part of the City's grant application process, community-based planning meetings were conducted to obtain input from residents as to how they wanted to see Center Park improved. Youth, adults, and seniors from the community offered various improvement ideas including construction of a walking trail, reconstruction of the restroom, increased lighting, additional picnic tables, benches and barbecue pits, installation of security cameras, additional drinking fountains, installation of new playground apparatuses, planting of new trees, flowers and plants, and the replacement of fencing along the perimeter of the park.

The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006, as approved by California voters in 2006, makes $368 million in competitive grant funds available for use in parks throughout the state. This program awards competitive grants for the creation of new parks and new recreation opportunities in proximity to the most critically underserved communities across California.