On October 24, 2011, HCD announced grant awards totaling $8.8 million for the renovation of parks and recreational facilities.
The Housing Related Parks (HRP) Program, which is funded through Proposition 1C, is used for a variety of park related projects such as new park and recreational facilities, community centers, playgrounds, and improvements to existing parks. Additionally, these grants serve as an incentive to those communities that are actively pursuing low-income housing programs.
Chico received a grant for $245,725, and plans to use the funds to improve its existing BMX track, located off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Chico qualified for its award because of the 105 low-income housing units built in 2010.
Sacramento County received $388,050 for the renovation of Howe Avenue Community Park. This project will restore the park’s picnic areas and skate facilities, as well as support the construction of a new basketball court.
In total, HCD announced 23 awards, with a wide range of grants between $90,000 and $1.5 million. These awards will help renovate and create various parks, while also creating an incentive for communities to issue approvals for low-income housing. HCD will issue a notice for funding availability for next year’s HRP Program in the coming month. For additional information on this program, please visit http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp.