ARROYO GRANDE, CA - The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department is applying for the Prop 68 Per Capita Grant to obtain funding to replace the current play structure at Elm Street Park. The City invites community members to be part of the conversation and join one of three virtual meetings to give input. Every idea is important and every idea will be discussed and considered.
In 2015, the Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande launched a campaign to install an inclusive playground at Elm Street Park. The service club proposed their “All access, all kids, all abilities” play structure concept to both the Arroyo Grande Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council, and received recommendation and approval from both bodies. Since that time, the Club has raised over $7,000 for this universal access project.
In March 2019, the State of California released the Per Capita Grant Program, awarding counties and cities funding for eligible projects based on population. In November 2019, the City Council adopted a resolution to submit a grant application, which would have been due mid-2020. However, due to COVID-19, the grant application deadline was extended to December 2021 allowing more time for community involvement. With limited staffing, time and funding, this project has been selected as the greatest need from the Unfunded Parks Projects within the Capital Improvement Projects list. Help us reimagine your park!
How You Can Participate
Several opportunities to participate are available. Join one of three virtual community forums scheduled on April 14th at 4pm, April 19th at 12pm or April 29th at 9am (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4492924213). Learn more about the possibilities of this project with the AG Kiwanis Club and share your ideas and experiences to better our future. If you are not able to attend, you may email your ideas, comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (805) 473-5478 to share your comments over the phone. Be part of the team and help shape the future of our community!
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Sheridan Bohlken, Recreation Services Director