City of Porterville Receives $367,500 Grant for Fourth Street Park Project | New

The City of Porterville has received another grant that will help fund some of the features of the large park/recreation center being developed at Fourth Street and Henderson.

The city received a $367,500 grant for the Fourth Street Community Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal program provides funds to preserve natural areas, water resources, cultural heritage and to provide recreational opportunities.

Federal offshore oil and gas concessions are used to finance the fund. In 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act guaranteed that $900 million per year would be allocated to LWCF fund projects.

California State Parks applied for $45 million in LWCF grants to fund 16 park projects and the Fourth Street Community Park project was one of the selected projects.

The Fourth Street Community Park will include a recreation/community center and park adjacent to Santa Fe Road, the Rails to Trails corridor. The project is expected to be completed in October 2024.

The LWCF grant will be used to help fund a wading pool, a challenge course, which is essentially an obstacle course, a mini soccer arena, an ADA-accessible playground, and a pump track, which can be used both by skateboarders and BMX riders. Each of these recreational features will also include shading.

Additionally, the LCWF grant will fund outdoor exercise stations, a kickball wall, a picnic shelter, parking, and landscaping and lighting throughout the park.

California State Parks received $116 million in LWCF funding applications and the Fourth Street Community Park project was one of the projects selected to receive the $45 million allocated.

Last year, the City of Porterville Parks and Recreation Department received a $7.8 million grant from California State Parks Proposition 98 as part of a competitive grant program for the project development. The project will include a multi-purpose community recreation center that can be used for sports such as basketball, volleyball and pickleball.

Other features could include a youth center, racquetball court, rock climbing wall, and indoor jogging track.

The total cost of the project will be just over $10 million. City staff are working to provide the balance of the funding to pay the total cost of the project. Since the project is being developed next to Santa Fe Road, funds from Measure R could eventually be used for the project.

The city also received a $3.61 million state grant to improve the Santa Fe Byway, a 1.3-mile trail connecting Henderson to Walnut Avenues.