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City of Hanford Announces Community-Based Planning Meetings for $8.5M Grant Application Park Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: November 6, 2020

Subject: City of Hanford Announces Community-Based Planning Meetings for $8.5M Grant Application Park Project

Contact:        Bradley Albert, Parks & Community Services Director
EMAIL:            balbert@cityofhanfordca.com

Hanford, CA <November 6, 2020> The City of Hanford Parks and Community Services Department will hold a series of community-based planning meetings to gather public input for the conceptual design of a new, 40-acre community park. The proposed park project is part of an $8.5 million grant application through the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program. During the meetings, community members will be invited to participate in the selection and conceptual design of park recreational features and support amenities. The input received in these meetings will drive the design of the new park. 

The 40-acre community park is planned for the location east of the Florinda Street and 9 1/4 Avenue intersection, on the eastern boundary of Hanford’s current residential development. The location of the park will complement the future plans for residential development in this area. If awarded, the grant will fund the acquisition and development of the new park, which will be built in phases.  

Community-based planning sessions have been planned for the following dates and locations:

  • 12, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Hanford Courthouse Courtyard
  • 12, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Civic Auditorium
  • 14, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Kings Garden Apartment basketball courts
  • 19, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Civic Courtyard
  • 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Spring Court Block Party
  • 21, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Elm Court Block Party

All members of the community are invited to participate in any of these interactive and engaging planning sessions.

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About Hanford
Hanford is a commercial and cultural center in the south-central 
San Joaquin Valley and the county seat of Kings County, California. Incorporated in 1891, Hanford has steadily flourished into a community of more than 56,000. Hanford is proud of its small-town charm and rich history, and offers its residents a high quality of living along with larger-city amenities.

About the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program
Overseen by the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation Office of Grants and Local Services, this grant program is the largest park-related grant program in California’s history and possibly U.S. history, with over $1 billion in funding between the 2018 Prop. 68 and 2006 Prop. 84 Bond Acts. The intent of the program is to award competitive grants that will create new parks and new recreation opportunities in critically under severed communities across California.