Members of the Oakdale City Council authorized the city manager’s request to submit an application for the Per Capita Grant Program (Proposition 68) through the State Department of Parks and Recreation to tear down and rehab the decrepit Dorada Park restroom facility.
Currently, the Dorada Park restroom is in sorry shape. The restroom building needs repairs and updating, noted city officials. The partitions and doors are rusted and the plumbing is in need of replacement.
According to city documents, the Department of Parks and Recreation released a Notice of Funding Availability for approximately $185,000,000 to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and to address deficiencies in neighborhoods lacking access to the outdoors.
The City received notification that funds are available for local park rehabilitation, creation, and improvement grants to local governments under the Parks and Water bond Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) Per Capita Program. The maximum award amounts are based on population estimates; Oakdale is eligible for a maximum amount of $192,207.
The intent and goal for the Per Capita Grant is to encourage healthy communities by connecting people to parks, supporting innovative recreational opportunities, embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity.
City staff identified the Dorada Park Restroom as a project that would qualify for the Per Capita Grant Program. Dorada Park receives daily use with the neighboring play park, the city pool when it is open, and various events such as Concerts in the Park and visits by tourists.
The application package is due to the State by Dec. 31. If awarded, funds must be encumbered by June 2022 (signed contract by the State and the Grantee) and grant performance (construction) must be completed by December 2023.
The City will not be required to match funds for this type of project and without grant funding, this project would’ve been shouldered by the City’s General Fund.