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City Nabs $4M Grant

POSTED April 3, 2012 9:53 p.m.

The City of Oakdale announced the awarding of a $4 million grant issued through Prop 84 with the California Parks and Recreation Department that will fund the building of a brand new skate park plaza located on South Yosemite Avenue.

The 2.9 acre project will extend from “H” to “J” streets on the east side of South Yosemite Avenue.

The funds are categorical and cannot be used for anything but the single purpose of the project.

Oakdale’s grant proposal won out over 400 applicants.

“It’s going to be more than just a skate park,” Mayor Pat Paul promised.

With input from more than 70 community members, this community-driven project will provide entertainment to all segments of the community.

There will be an amphitheater, a lawn area, a senior area for senior exercises, a skate park and much more. Although the grant allows for eight years to complete the project, coordinators promised the project would be finished before the eight year deadline.

According to one of the grant writers, Amy Augustine, of Augustine Planning Associates, Inc.,“Construction time has not been set. It is likely that the city will have a good idea of the timeline after the April 19 mandatory orientation meeting that city staff will be attending in Sacramento. The grant includes community participation in finalizing the project design before construction will begin.”

The Oakdale Leader will provide updates on this large project as it progresses.

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