The San Fernando Valley is receiving millions of grant dollars along with more than 100 communities across the state as part of the largest-ever investment in local parks in California history.
California State Parks has awarded $4.2 million to the City of San Fernando’s Las Palmas Park Revitalization Project.
“Our local parks are essential to the very fabric of our Valley community,” said state Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). “Generations of Valley kids and families will directly benefit as they enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at Las Palmas Park thanks to this grant funding.
“We all have experienced the immense value of great outdoor spaces throughout this pandemic and the state’s historic investment in parks ensures even greater access in the future.”
The $4.2 million award will fund improvements to Las Palmas Park, including a new multi-purpose athletic field and tennis court, as well as renovations to the recreation center, basketball court, baseball fields, playground and other facilities.
“The City of San Fernando is excited to receive this state grant for the Las Palmas Park Revitalization Project,” said San Fernando Mayor Mary Mendoza. “This grant will be transformative for Las Palmas Park, which serves a broad spectrum of community members.
“In addition to improving and upgrading the amenities currently offered, this grant will allow the City to make the park more accessible for seniors and residents with disabilities.”
The Las Palmas project is part of more than $548 million in grants for California local parks that advances Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Outdoors for All” initiative to enable all Californians, regardless of zip code or income, to access parks and open space.
“People from all over the world come to visit our state’s natural wonders, but too many Californians today lack access to parks and open space in their own neighborhoods,” Newsom said.
“This historic investment will revitalize and create new parks in more than 100 local communities, dramatically expanding access to the outdoors across the state and ensuring more Californians from all walks of life can reap the benefits for our hearts, minds and bodies for generations to come.”
The funding is part of the Statewide Park Development and Community Revtilization Program (SPP) and awards are funded through the 2021-2022 state budget Proposition 68 approved by voters in 2018.
For more information, visit Senator Hertzberg’s website.