“Old Growth, New Adventures”
Sequoia Park Receives $1.5 million in California State Parks,
Land and Water Conservation Funds!
California State Parks recommended Eureka’s Sequoia Park Playground and Trails for Land and Water Conservation funding (LWCF) in the amount of $1.5 million. For the 2018/19 cycle, California State Parks received 68 applications requesting $80 million in funding. With only $11.3 available, 7 projects were funded and Eureka made the cut!
The goals of this project are to make Sequoia Park more inclusive, diversify the park experiences, enhance the play area, expand recreational opportunities, upgrade the trail system, add more gathering space, preserve natural and cultural resources, and promote sustainability. This project will leverage our love affair with this piece of land, celebrate its spirit, maintain its remarkable history, and envision new ways to discover, learn, and play for generations to come.
This grant will fund the first part of a multiphase project to improve Sequoia Park. The first phase began with the conceptual design for the Playground Area and Upper Meadow, and was made possible by a generous donation from Redwood Capital Bank. Community workshops were held in 2017 & 2018 with attendees sharing their concerns about the park, activities they enjoy and new amenities they would like to see, as well as ideas to increase safety, inclusivity, and accessibility. This groundbreaking project engaged the input and support of our community and resulted in a collaborative design that was developed by Greenway Partners.
These LWCF grant funds will go to construct new trails, playground facilities, off-street ADA compliant parking, restrooms and trail renovation. Although this substantial grant funding is a wonderful jump start to re-envisioning the future of our beloved park, Eureka residents weighed in and came up with many improvements for Sequoia Park which will require additional funding. Stay tuned for the launch of the new Sequoia Park Community Fundraiser coming soon!
In the meantime, if you are interested in supporting Sequoia Park, check out the Sequoia Park Playground Improvement Fund through Humboldt Area Foundation which was made possible by a generous donation from Old Town Rotary.This fund gives businesses, residents, neighborhood groups, and park advocates an opportunity to make a difference in their parks and to build community, foster stewardship, and leverage resources to improve Eureka's vital public spaces. The fund is available online at: https://www.hafoundation.org/Giving/Make-a-Gift-Today/Give-Now?fn=Sequoia+Park+Playground+Improvement+Fund
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