The City of Bakersfield is pleased to announce that the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department has been awarded a grant of more than $3 million from the California Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 (Prop 68) to be used to build a new park in southeast Bakersfield. The grant will cover the entire construction of the park and requires no matching funds from the City.
The park area is located on five acres of City-owned property at the corner of Linnell Way and Brahma Street which is surrounded by multiple residential neighborhoods. As requested by residents through a series of public meetings and website responses, a variety of amenities are planned.
The park at Linnell-Brahma will feature two half-court basketball courts, a pair of sand volleyball courts, two picnic shade structures, outdoor fitness equipment, as well as a walking/jogging path surrounding the park. Two age-appropriate playgrounds as well as open areas to be used for soccer, football and other field sports.
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As required by the grant, the park construction will be completed in two years.
“I am very happy the City is investing in Ward 1 communities, creating new outdoor opportunities for our residents to enjoy,” said Councilman Willie Rivera (Ward 1). “I am excited to see this project develop in this community and hope the City continues to invest in projects like this one."
This park project ranked highly within the state due to the City already owning the land, and because there are no nearby parks for the residents, as well as the extent of public input provided.
“The residents of Linnell-Brahma attended a series of meetings to let us know how much they need a safe place for children to play in this neighborhood,” said Dianne Hoover, Director of the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department. “We are so excited to bring this park to reality for them.”
Recreation and Parks Department staff applied for the grant in August 2019 and was informed on Feb. 25, 2020, that the department was awarded the full amount requested to build the park: $3.01 million. The application was one of 478 submitted to the state, totaling more than $2.3 billion in requests, well beyond the $254.9 million available during this round of applications.
The Parks and Water Bond Act was passed by California voters in 2018 and provides $4 billion in funding annually for improvements to existing parks, as well as the development of new parks across the state.
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