For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Deborah Chernin, Principal Planner, (510) 981-6715
HELP IMPROVE THE CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES
Community input needed to identify best use of Measure WW funds
Berkeley, California (Friday, July 10, 2009) - Have ideas on how to improve Berkeley's parks and recreation facilities? Community input is needed to decide how to spend nearly $5 million in Measure WW funds that will be used to make permanent improvements in Berkeley parks and facitilies. What's needed in your neighborhood?
The City is conducting a public process to identify community priorities for the use of Measure WW funding. Through the East Bay Regional Park District, Measure WW will provide the City with $4.876 million toward park improvements over the next nine years.
Berkeley residents are invited to submit a one-page proposal for each project that they would like to see given top priority. The Parks and Recreation Commission will review the proposals. Residents whose proposals are placed on a short list may be asked to provide a brief presentation or additional information for the commission’s consideration. The commission will make a recommendation to the City Council in November 2009.
In order to be eligible, projects must be consistent with the City’s General Plan as it relates to parks and recreation, must have completed the environmental review process and must be located on land that is owned by the city or leased by the city for at least 25 years. Projects for libraries, street beautification and public art that is not associated with a parks and recreation facility are not eligible.
Measure WW is a local grant program for the acquisition and development of countywide and regional parks and recreation facilities. It is funded by a bond measure approved by Alameda County and Contra Costa County voters in November 2008.
For a complete list of eligibility criteria, a project proposal form, and more information regarding the public process and Measure WW, please see the Measure WW Park Bond page at www.CityofBerkeley.info/parks.