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9th & Hill Park Backers Solicit Lobbying, Say Fountain will Cost Extra

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, March 26, 2010, at 10:39AM
9th & Hill Park Renerk Rendering

This rendering of the proposed park at 9th & Hill does not show the final design, which includes a hill and playground area.

At a well-attended update meeting that included a short speech by Councilman Jose Huizar, the community group working to put a park at 9th and Hill encouraged stakeholders to lobby their elected officials and said that a desired fountain will require private fundraising.

The design presented last night includes a grassy hill, plenty of trees, playground equipment, a fountain and an area focused on dogs.

Huizar's office and the city's Department of Recreation and Parks teamed up with community stakeholders to submit a $5 million application for Prop 84 park funds. Approximately 1,000 applications were submitted statewide for the $184 million first round of funding.

It is unclear what effect any lobbying could have on that application. Applications are scored using a rubric that combines demographic and park density statistics with the project attributes. The projects will be ranked and funded based on that scoring.

Where lobbying could come into play is the project's ability to secure additional funds. The $5 million Prop 84 grant would combine with $1.6 million in local funds to allow a base design to be built, but upgraded components would require more money. Project backers see private fundraising playing an important role there, but also intend to pursue other government funding sources.

One piece not included in the $6.6 base design is the fountain, intended to be placed near the center of the park site. Recreation and Parks estimates that it would cost an additional $300,000 to $500,000, but private estimates would likely place that lower.

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