SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it has awarded a $5 million grant for a new community complex in the city of Lathrop that will feature an amphitheater, recreational use area, community complex building, public art courtyard, playground area, skate and BMX park, community garden, and parkour course.
The Lathrop Community Complex was one of 64 projects awarded funds in the second round of grants by the Statewide Park Program, formed in 2008 to build and expand neighborhood parks and recreation facilities in the state’s most critically underserved communities utilizing $400 million from Proposition 84, a parks and resources bond approved by voters in 2006.
“There has been an outpouring of interest in this program from communities throughout the state. I’m glad to see this funding go where it is most needed,” said Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), who, as chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee in 2008, negotiated amendments to the bill that established the Statewide Park Program to ensure that underserved suburban and rural communities like Lathrop could compete with large urban areas for a fair share of the funds.
“This new community complex will provide the people of Lathrop and San Joaquin County with countless recreational opportunities for years to come,” Wolk said.
More than 400 applications requesting a total of $1.3 billion were received for the second and final round of grants by the program. Only $184 million were available. Between both rounds of grants, 103 new parks will be created and 23 existing parks will be expanded or improved.