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One Downtown Park Project Funded in State Grant Awards

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 11:00AM
Prop 84 Park Projects Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning

CRA-backed Prop 84 park projects: (L-R) Budokan Little Tokyo, Olympic & Grand and Ord & Yale. Only the Ord & Yale project was funded in this week's grant announcement.

Only one of the five proposed Downtown parks that applied to the state's Proposition 84 grant program will get funding in the first round of awards announced this week.

$184 million was awarded to 62 applications submitted statewide. More than 475 applications were submitted, with requests totaling $1.6 billion.

Just under $5 million was awarded to the Community Redevelopment agency's proposed new park at Ord and Yale Streets, in Chinatown. The park would connect the Chinatown branch library with the residents on the hillside above by creating a walkway and park space.

In an email sent out this morning, the agency said that it is waiting to hear from the state how its other applications scored. Applications for the Olympic & Grand Linear Park and the Little Tokyo Budokan Recreation Center / Park were unfunded. Other groups had been preparing applications for the Hope Street Family Center and the 9th & Hill Park in the lead-up to the March 1 deadline.

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