PERRIS, Calif. (June 5, 2019) –– The City of Perris is applying for a Proposition 68 – Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program in hopes of obtaining funds to build a brand-new park for the community and will host a community event to gather feedback for a potential new park on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the future Enchanted Hills Park project site located north of Weston Road and Diana Street.
This free event will be held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and is expected to generate feedback from the community about which parks programs and amenities are important to them. This is a blank canvas for the community, so all ideas will be discussed and considered from the community.
“We have an opportunity to bring a beautiful, new park to this community and the residents get a chance to provide their input,” said Director of Community Services Sabrina Chavez. “This is a competitive grant, so we truly need all the community input and participation we can get to increase our chances of a successful Prop 68 grant application.”
Under Proposition 68, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Grants and Local Services, is authorized to allocate more than $254 million of Statewide Park Program (SPP) competitive grant funding to create new parks and expand or renovate an existing park. The maximum grant request per application is $8.5 million and all SPP applications are due by August 5, 2019.
The Enchanted Hills Park project area was identified as a park deficient community and was selected after the City hosted a series of public meetings to gather community input. The Enchanted Hills Park project is considered a potential competitive application, as the project area is determined to have met minimum grant criteria of having both zero park acres, per 1,000 residents and is located within a very low-income community.
The event will feature free food to the first 150 participants, as well as activities, raffles and prizes. Residents are strongly encouraged to come share their thoughts on the design of this project and let their voices be heard.
Award notifications of the SPP Grant will be announced in January 2020. For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at 951-435-7220.