This week, I’m thrilled to announce that Kern County has received more than $9 million in Clean California grants to renovate three of our county’s parks. A recent study found that 83% of adults believe parks and open spaces are essential to their mental and physical well-being. It is clear that quality parks can improve the quality of life.

The improvements include specific elements designed to inspire families, young people and seniors to improve their health and provide a safe, clean and secure public environment for all users. The California Department of Transportation developed the Clean California Local Grant program to help communities beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, trails and transit centers to clean up and improve spaces public.

These funds will provide exciting upgrades including shade structures, public safety LED lighting, new restrooms, ADA-compliant walking paths, age-appropriate children’s play equipment, building renovations, and more. a worn football pitch, sustainable landscaping, irrigation features, the installation of a new amphitheater and a Unity mural by local artists.

In East Bakersfield, over $4 million has been awarded to Heritage Park. These funds will provide much-needed upgrades including shade structures, LED lighting for public safety, new restrooms, walking paths (ADA compliant), age-appropriate children’s play equipment, renovation of a worn football pitch, sustainable landscaping, irrigation features, installation of a new amphitheater and a Unity mural by local artists. Additionally, over $3 million (without a county match) has been awarded to Mojave East Park.

Finally, over $2 million was awarded to Lost Hills Park, including $400,000 of project costs incurred by Wonderful. This beautification project will include the installation of five new state-of-the-art play facilities to improve the health and well-being of all age groups, including ADA-compliant sidewalks and accessible and compliant cast-in-place surfaces for play areas.

I also want to thank our county staff and community partners such as The Wonderful Company for their efforts to improve the lives of our county residents.

As a reminder, on March 8 at 7 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Specialist Lorie Meza will be speaking at the Old Courthouse Building in Wasco, 810 8th Street. She will speak about community-based policing to community members. I will join her in speaking at this event. District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer was also invited. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office will also be on hand to speak.

If you have any questions about this or any questions regarding District 4, please feel free to call us at 661-868-3680 or email us at [email protected] Have a safe week.

David Couch represents Kern County’s 4th District.

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