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More than $44 million in state funds will help create new parks across the valley

More than $25 million will go to the Coachella Valley to help build parks in an effort to uplift the community.

Cathedral City will convert a vacant lot into a 7.5-acre Dream Homes Park. It will be located in a neighborhood On the San Diego Driveway, just north of Ramon Road.

The nearly $8.5 million project will include two new playgrounds, a soccer field, two basketball courts, a dog park, picnic areas and more.

“I think it’s a good thing to add, especially since CV Links is already in place so kids have a place to play,” said Serena Fuentes, a Cathedral City resident.

But while Fuentes is excited about the project, she says she believes the city should be safe for children.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt. In the case of children and soccer parks coming up, the balls can fly over the fence and we don’t want them to jump over the fence. If anything, they could take more security measures. Like if they plan on doing a double fence, that would be appreciated,” Fuentes said.

In Indio, an amount of $8.5 million was also approved to build the Indio Sports Park. The 31-acre park will be found on the west side of Jackson Street, between 44th Avenue and Market Street.

The park will have two baseball fields, four soccer fields, one soccer field and seven open playgrounds – all with lighting.

“I think that’s great for the community. I think it’s great for the kids to be away from the park… and it allows the adults to go somewhere and have a beer,” said Melissa Jones, an Indio resident.

In Coachella, the nearly five-acre “Central Park” will be built on 52nd Avenue, near Hernandez Street. The $8.4 million site will feature a playground, waterslide, multi-purpose pavilion, shaded gym, and even a community garden.

“I think it would be good for the community because there are a lot of kids here running around and stuff and it would be great for them to have somewhere to play,” said Betsy Topete, a Coachella resident.

Heat will also welcome a 5-acre park, thanks to the Desert Recreation Area. The office of supervisor Manuel Perez calls the park the first of its kind.

“What they need is support from the state to help realize this vision,” said the CA Natural Resources Secretary. Wade Crowfoot.

The park will be located near Church and Olive Streets.

$4.5 million in “Thermal Park Project” funding will go toward a new playground, jungle gym, tennis court, basketball court, baseball field, soccer field and more.

Kevin Kalman, general manager of the Desert Recreation Area, said: “It’s all designed by the community, for the community. “We will break ground in about six to eight months.”

According to the Perez Supervisor’s office, the Desert Recreation Area is looking to add five more acres to the Thermal Park Project — 10 acres in total. In Heat.

Funding for the parks came from California’s Proposition 68, Parks and Water Bonds in 2018, which was approved by local Congressman Eduardo Garcia in 2017.

https://kesq.com/news/2021/12/09/more-than-44-mil-in-state-funds-will-help-create-new-parks-throughout-the-valley/ More than $44 million in state funds will help create new parks across the valley

DUSTIN JONES

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