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In an email with Dan Maguire Economic Development & Housing Manager for City of Winters, Maguire stated, “The 5 acre parcel of land for Walnut Park was purchased by the City for $255,000 … Phase 1 developed the western third of the park, with approximately $407,000 in grant from a Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) program. Phase 2, the eastern two thirds of the park, was constructed. The funding for that phase came from the state’s Housing Related Parks program ($117,000), a non-competitive grant based on the City providing funding for the rehabilitation of the Almondwood Apartments on Dutton Street; along with funding from an OGALS grant ($865,000). The roughly $1.6 million cost of the park, including land acquisition and mitigation land bank purchase, was funded by the 4 aforementioned funding sources, with State Parks providing over 50 percent of the funding… The park is unique in many regards. As an example, the City’s first dog park was incorporated into the design of a flood detention basin.”

Maguire went on to explain that the ceramic tiles in the concrete racing slide were produced by Winters High School and Shirley Rominger art students under the direction of High School Art Teacher Kate Humphrey. The ground cover in the non-turf areas of the park are walnut shells purchased from Mariani Nut Company. This is also the first city park with a community garden (we have an existing community garden on the north bank of Putah Creek on City owned property). It is our hope the garden will be utilized by the residents of the Orchard Village Apartments (74 households) and the Almondwood Apartments (39 households).  The garden location in the southwest corner of the park was by design to provide the closest proximity to these residents. Other than the fence and the hose bibs, everything else in the garden was a community build, with lumber for the beds donated by Project Playground, the pad for the tool shed donated and poured by Winters Concrete, the tool shed constructed by Winters FFA and purchased by the Winters Rotary Club, and the beds assembled by volunteers. “We are very excited to be your partner, and kudos to your creativity. I saw the walnut shells in different areas, so you’ve got representations of your connections with the local community.” said Lacher. To be sure, there are upcoming potential opportunities for more funding from the State. “Also some of you may know there is a new proposition, plenty available in prop 68 passed by voters like you, so there will be more statewide funding becoming available in the near future.” said Lacher In June, prop 68, the measure passed to authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects For more information projects.cityofwinters.org/walnut-park/.  ]]>

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