Oxnard City Council Approves $2 Million in Park Improvements

Oxnard, California.  On November 14, 2017 the Oxnard City Council approved $2 million for local park improvements.  Nine parks have been selected based on their proximity to census tracts designated as “disadvantaged” by the State of California.  The park improvements include enhanced security lighting, walking tracks, play structures, tot-lots, new bleachers and field improvements.

Mayor Tim Flynn stated, “Our residents will greatly benefit from these much needed park improvements.  It is great to have the State of California acknowledge and reward Oxnard for doing its part to promote affordable housing.”

Included in the list of improvements is the purchase of land in the City’s Five-Points area for a park.  The location is the corner of Seventh and Meta Streets.  The land purchase is being made using Measure O funds, which were approved by Oxnard voters.

“I am very excited to have the city buy land for a park in Five-Points, said Councilmember Oscar Madrigal.  The residents have been asking for a neighborhood park for some time.  It will finally become a reality.”

Funding for the park improvements comes from two sources.  $1.3 million comes from the California Department of Housing and Community Development as part of their Housing Related Parks Program.  $700,000 comes from Measure O.  The State’s housing parks program is designed to encourage cities and counties to develop affordable housing by rewarding those jurisdictions that are in compliance with the State of California housing element laws and that accommodated new and rehabilitated housing affordable to lower income households.  Funds are awarded to the City of Oxnard to create new parks and improve existing parks and recreational facilities that benefit the community.

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