City of Eureka Applying for NRPA Grant Funding for Clara May Berry Park
The City of Eureka is excited to announce its application for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Play Space Grant. This grant opportunity helps fund inclusive park improvements in underserved neighborhoods. The city is working hard to improve all city parks with the focus of this grant application being to develop Clara May Berry Park, next to the Humboldt County Main Library into an inclusive open space with specific sensory experiences designed for children with cognitive disabilities.
According to the California Department of Education, Humboldt County leads the State of California in the percentage of students enrolled in special education programs, with 17% of its K-12 students diagnosed as having one or more disabilities. Humboldt County tops the list with the highest percentage of all California counties. Eureka has a lack of open spaces for children of limited cognitive abilities such as Autism to participate in activities on an inclusive level with their peers. Reimagining Clara May Berry Park into a safe, inclusive space would be an amazing asset to our community. Additionally, redesign and revitalization of this park will encourage more appropriate use.
The City of Eureka is seeking the community’s input on the future of this park. We want to hear from you. Please complete the Clara May Berry Park Survey online by visiting www.eurekarecreation.com and clicking the book image on the landing page. Or you can visit the Humboldt County Library and fill one out in the Children's Area. Surveys will be open until April 5th.