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City of Oakland | California State Parks awards $ 18 million to Oakland …

Date posted: December 13, 2021 at 1:46 PM
Last update: December 13, 2021 at 1:50 p.m.

Oakland, California
– The City of Oakland received $ 18.2 million under the California State Parks Community Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant program to increase access to the outdoors, contribute to better quality of life and improve physical, mental and social health.

“Our city’s parks are beloved spaces that serve all families in Oakland, and I am grateful to Governor Newsom and California State Parks for making such a large and meaningful investment in our community.” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf noted. “These grants will help us build a new Lincoln Recreation Center, create a ‘green schoolyard’ for Bridges Academy and make major improvements to Verdese Carter Park!” We are making our park system more accessible and fairer for everyone.

“This is fantastic news for the whole city of Oakland. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to increase participation and provide healthy activities for the people of Oakland, ”said Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development (OPRYD) Director J. Nicholas Williams. “Lincoln Square is one of our most used facilities and serves a wide variety of communities, including many senior programs and the Oakland Town Camp signature summer experience for youth. In partnership with the Oakland Police Activities League (PAL), Verdese Carter Park is a youth development center in the heart of East Oakland.

The $ 18 million grants will fund three projects:

Renovation of Lincoln Square Park and Recreation Center $ 8.5 million

Create a new community center, an outdoor classroom, a badminton court, 2 terraces / gardens; improve landscaping and lighting throughout the park and renovate three existing basketball courts.

Renovation of Verdese Carter Park $ 8.4 million

Build a new community plaza with entrance walks, picnic and natural play areas for large groups, an outdoor fitness area, a walking loop, and a shade structure to expand the space programming. Renovate the playground, the community garden and the multi-use field. The grant and improvement project is a collaboration between OPRYD, Oakland Public Works, The Trust for Public Lands (TPL), Oakland PAL, and the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Bridges Academy Green Schoolyard Park $ 1.3 million

Transform a cobbled, obsolete, low-shade schoolyard into a vibrant community park in East Oakland. VSbuild a new outdoor classroom, a nature playground, a shaded playground, a basketball court, soft surface athletics track, public art mural and mosaic seating area, two food courts, shade structures, landscaping and lighting throughout the park. Renovate the playground and the field. This project is part of a larger pilot project for the Oakland Living Schoolyards Initiative, a Trust for Public Land / Oakland Unified School District collaboration aimed at turning schoolyards in underprivileged Oakland communities into thriving green spaces.

“We are delighted with the state’s investment in Lincoln Square Park and Recreation Center. Lincoln Square is the heart of Chinatown’s cultural and community life, and an essential venue for the programming of our seniors, youth and families, serving not only the residents of Chinatown, but our AAPI and Oakland community in general ” , said The president of the city council Nikki Fortunato Bas (Quarter 2). “The state’s $ 8.5 million investment, along with the city’s $ 4 million commitment, will help ensure a successful and much-needed expansion. Thank you to the Friends of Lincoln Square Park for your leadership and your partnership with my office and the city to engage our community. The expanded two-story center with many more amenities will be an incredible asset to current and future Oaklanders. ”

“With this $ 8.4 million investment in Verdese Carter Park, our state has demonstrated its commitment to reducing long-standing inequalities in marginalized communities,” District 7 said. Member of the board Treva reid. “East Oakland students, families and furry friends deserve access to clean and safe recreational spaces in the heart of East Oakland. We are extremely grateful to our Governor, our state partners and the City of Oakland for their work on this initiative. We look forward to seeing its positive impact in District 7. ”

“At Trust for Public Land (TPL), we believe that quality parks and open spaces, and the benefits they offer, should be accessible to all,” said Alejandra Chiesa, Director of the Bay Area Program for the public land trust. “These are more than park projects; we see them as investments in community health, environmental justice and equity. We are proud to have a strong partnership with the City of Oakland and look forward to seeing these projects come true. ”

“These incredible grants reflect what happens when stakeholders at all levels come together to make real change and center community priorities in the diverse neighborhoods of Oakland,” Oakland Public Works (OPW) Director G. Harold Duffey noted. “OPW is grateful to the leadership of OPRYD in leading this process, the hard work of our own dedicated staff and, most importantly, the community members who get involved, make their voices heard and partner with government. local to invest in the changes they want. see.”

“The Oakland PAL Board of Directors, members, volunteers and supporters thank TPL and the entire team for their diligence in carrying out this project and are grateful for the grant awarded to Verdese Carter Park, home of Oakland PAL, ”said the retired Sgt. Mildred Oliver, Executive Director of Oakland PAL. “Every child needs a PAL and this award will ensure Oakland PAL will continue to fill the playgrounds, not the prisons! ”