In an incredible victory for Sun Valley and all the residents and longtime advocates of our community, the California Department of Parks and Recreation awarded $6.9 million to construct Allegheny Park on more than half-acre of land secured by my office in 2019. The funding represents a major community victory and was the highest award the City received from the state in 2020. From Rec and Parks staff to State Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, to all our dedicated and engaged meeting participants, and those who hosted meetings, such as the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, THANK YOU! As part of our Families-First agenda, where you live and how much you earn will not dictate whether your children have access to quality parks. With nearly $7 million in funding, Allegheny Park is going to be a Gold-Star experience for the children in this community.
Current site of future Allegheny Park in Sun Valley.
In 2019, I was able to direct $3.36 million in Community Redevelopment Agency (CRALA) Excess Bond Proceed funds to purchase three vacant properties on Allegheny Street, a jammed-pack street zoned residential, commercial and industrial in a park-poor neighborhood. That allocation put the project in a prime position to secure the $6.9 million in state construction dollars. The Prop 68 award will pay for the construction of the park, including two splash pads, two playgrounds, a walking and fitness path, outdoor fitness equipment, public art, BBQ and picnic areas, shade trees and structures, a restroom, and lighting throughout the park. Beginning in May 2019, community members and my staff attended seven meetings organized by the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks to discuss the design for the proposed park and what features they wanted included in the City’s Proposition 68 application. Residents gave their input and also asked that the public art in the park honor women champions of Sun Valley who have fought for environmental and community justice causes. The City and State will finalize the funding details in the coming months, followed by the selection of a construction firm through the City’s RFP process. A construction timeline will be announced after that. Approved by voters in 2018, Proposition 68 aims to build new parks, as well as improve existing parks and water systems throughout the state. For a complete list of all Prop 68 awardees, please click here.