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Calexico to Get $8.5 Million to Expand Heber Park
Heber Park conceptual design

Calexico to Get $8.5 Million to Expand Heber Park

CALEXICO — Calexico has received $8.5 million in grant funding from the state Department of Parks and Recreation 2020 Proposition 68 Statewide Park Grant Program, the maximum award amount according to city officials.

This award will construct a new multi-purpose gym, outdoor basketball court with lights, a soccer field with lights, walking trail, athletic track, picnic areas and seating, and a parking lot, with lighting and landscaping throughout the park, a Feb. 25 press release from the city states. 

“This is wonderful news for the community of Calexico. The City of Calexico has been working for a long time to develop this project, learning today that the money got approved is great news. I want to commend city staff that worked to make this happen, the improvement to Heber Park will make our families and children very happy,” Mayor Bill Hodge stated in the press release.

In 2018, California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68), which directed $254.9 million to state parks for competitive grants to create new parks and enhance recreational opportunities for all Californians, the state Department of Parks and Recreation stated in a press release Feb. 25.

This story is featured in the Feb 27, 2020 e-Edition.

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