“Hello Twain Harte Meadows Park Supporters,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I wanted to provide you a quick update on our progress with the new park.
As you probably know, we submitted a Statewide Park Program grant application in August. There is $254 million available statewide through this grant program and about 500 applications were submitted, making up about $1.3 billion in projects. If we are successful, the grant would cover all costs to design and build the new park.
The grant agency originally anticipated that they would announce grant awards by December 2019; however, their process has been delayed and awards will likely not be announced until March 2020 now. In late November, the grant agency scheduled a meeting with us to tour our site and ask questions about our design and community involvement process. They were very impressed with the amount of involvement from our community (thank you!) and like the design we all put together. While this visit isn’t a guarantee that we will receive the grant, it seems to be a good sign that we are in the running. Not all projects received in-person, scheduled site visits.
We remain hopeful that we will receive good news in March and will get working on things right away. The grant requires the entire project to be complete by December 2021. This means that we will need to complete design and bid the project this year so that it can be constructed during the construction weather window in 2021. This is an aggressive schedule for such a large project, but it would be great to get the new park open to the community as quick as possible.
I will let you know when we hear more. There are several other grant opportunities through Proposition 68 that we are pursuing in case we are not successful with this grant.
Thank you for all your support so far and please keep an eye out for opportunities to be involved as we continue toward building this incredible park (there will be plenty of opportunities!). If you haven’t seen the conceptual design that was submitted for the grant or want to learn more about the process we took to get there, please visit our website: https://www.twainhartecsd.com/twain-harte-meadows-park-development-update-december-2019
Tom Trott, P.E.
Twain Harte Community Services District
P.O. Box 649, Twain Harte, CA 95383
PH: (209) 586-3172 FAX: (209) 586-0424″