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No Funding for Sports Complex

Post Date:06/30/2017 5:06 PM

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NEWS RELEASE

June 30, 2017

 

Santa Maria Not Selected for State Sports Complex Grant

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) notified the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department it was not selected to receive the $1 million grant applied for to kick off “phase one” of a proposed multi sports field complex that is to be located at the corner of West Stowell Road and South Depot Street.

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department grant request stemmed from a March 2016 City Council’s goal setting session, and public input at a Recreation and Parks Commission public hearing in September 2016 where all sports groups were ask to present their ideas on the issue. There were over 100 people present and spoke about the need for more fields and how sports could be used as a way to quell youth violence.

As a result of the testimony at this hearing the Recreation and Parks Commission established a Sports Field Complex Committee. This committee was tasked to review community comments from the public hearing; recruit community members to serve on the committee; and prepare an action plan on how to move forward on a multi-pronged approach to addressing the lack of field space. This approach was to include, studying what can be done now with existing parks and school playfields to address the immediate need and to work on the development of a multi field sports complex.

Director of the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, Alex Posada stated, “This is disappointing news. Staff members from many City departments and members of the community, as well as the property owners of the proposed site, spent many hours working to meet the State's criteria and deadlines for this particular grant. The City will continue to work with the community to identify other funding sources and opportunities, so that this project can move forward in the near future.”

For more information contact the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department at 925-0951 ext. 2260.

Department: City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks

Contact Person: Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst I

Telephone Number: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2263

E-mail Address: dsmitherman@cityofsantamaria.org

 

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