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East Palo Alto's Cooley Landing gets $5 million grant

State award will dramatically increase parkland in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto's Cooley Landing Park Project has received a $5 million grant from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, the city announced Monday, April 9.

The grant, which was awarded on March 26, will help restore an 80-year-old toxic dump to create a new nine-acre bayfront nature park. Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program awards grants for the creation of new parks and recreation facilities in critically underserved communities throughout California.

East Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District broke ground to clean up the former dumpsite in December 2011. The environmental-cleanup project to render the soil safe is nearing completion, the city said in a statement.

Cooley Landing Park will increase East Palo Alto's existing 16 acres of parkland by 72 percent, and will provide outdoor recreation opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental education opportunities, Interim City Manager Ronald Davis' office said.

"East Palo Alto residents of all ages share a common vision for Cooley Landing to be their first direct access to experience the natural wonders of the San Francisco Bay, to celebrate the city's unique multicultural heritage, and to symbolize the community's transformation into a vibrant destination," Davis' office noted.

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Future project phases include vehicle-access improvements, construction of an outdoor classroom, renovation of a former boathouse into a nature-and-education facility, and trail improvements.

East Palo Alto Mayor Laura Martinez said, "Being awarded the $5 million in grant money will allow the Cooley Landing Park to be completed and become a reality for residents. I am especially looking forward to the new nature education building. Families and school children will benefit tremendously from this beautiful space right on the bay. This funding is crucial, and I am so thrilled that we were selected."

The Statewide Park Program will create 103 new parks, and 23 existing parks will be expanded or substantially improved. Grant recipients were announced in November 2010 and March 2012 for first- and second-round grants, respectively. The average Round 2 grant amount is approximately $2.9 million, and more than 400 applications were received.

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East Palo Alto's Cooley Landing gets $5 million grant

State award will dramatically increase parkland in East Palo Alto

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Apr 9, 2012, 12:54 pm

East Palo Alto's Cooley Landing Park Project has received a $5 million grant from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, the city announced Monday, April 9.

The grant, which was awarded on March 26, will help restore an 80-year-old toxic dump to create a new nine-acre bayfront nature park. Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program awards grants for the creation of new parks and recreation facilities in critically underserved communities throughout California.

East Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District broke ground to clean up the former dumpsite in December 2011. The environmental-cleanup project to render the soil safe is nearing completion, the city said in a statement.

Cooley Landing Park will increase East Palo Alto's existing 16 acres of parkland by 72 percent, and will provide outdoor recreation opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental education opportunities, Interim City Manager Ronald Davis' office said.

"East Palo Alto residents of all ages share a common vision for Cooley Landing to be their first direct access to experience the natural wonders of the San Francisco Bay, to celebrate the city's unique multicultural heritage, and to symbolize the community's transformation into a vibrant destination," Davis' office noted.

Future project phases include vehicle-access improvements, construction of an outdoor classroom, renovation of a former boathouse into a nature-and-education facility, and trail improvements.

East Palo Alto Mayor Laura Martinez said, "Being awarded the $5 million in grant money will allow the Cooley Landing Park to be completed and become a reality for residents. I am especially looking forward to the new nature education building. Families and school children will benefit tremendously from this beautiful space right on the bay. This funding is crucial, and I am so thrilled that we were selected."

The Statewide Park Program will create 103 new parks, and 23 existing parks will be expanded or substantially improved. Grant recipients were announced in November 2010 and March 2012 for first- and second-round grants, respectively. The average Round 2 grant amount is approximately $2.9 million, and more than 400 applications were received.

Comments

Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Apr 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Apr 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

This is wonderful news! I share the mayor's excitement & enthusiasm.


Terry
East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:33 am
Terry, East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

That's GREAT!!! now if only they could get rid of the massive drugs that are being sold at one complex by the Hatian's that have taken over the complex!!and the gangs and the shootings that are still going on over in EPA! Maybe the money could have gone to more police or to help the schools? Get rid of the crack house's and all the pot growing houses and just maybe EPA gets a second breath of life for the hard working families and there children that deserve to have it.


Marrol
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:10 am
Marrol, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

I believe Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Take a lesson from nature and practice patience." The serious matters and negative elements in East Palo Alto did not happen overnight, nor will it change overnight. This type of development is exactly what that community needs to eventually turn itself around. One only needs to look at the development of the former Whiskey Gulch area to see the transformation. Where once there were dive bars, dilapidated buildings, prostitution, and drug dealing, now there is a luxury hotel and professional office buildings. The Home Depot/Ikea Center across the highway was home to a vacant and ravaged former school site and several low income apartment building that were well known drug havens. It all changed over time.

East Palo Alto will continue to enjoy its rebirth as more developments like these continue to materialize. Bay front property on the Peninsula will only remain untapped for so long. It is far too attractive a location, and being surrounded by highly desirable communities only makes the prospects even greater. With this progress will come gentrification and eventually quality schools, housing, entertainment & recreation, dining, and shopping. It won't happen overnight, but the future is bright for East Palo Alto and the entire Peninsula.


Terry
East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Terry, East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Well resident of Oaks/leland neighborhood since YOU do not live here!
You sure have alot to say!!!! for not living here! come here at nite walk the streets with your kids or better yet just come her at nite alone and just hang around!or even durning the day! and from where you live you really do not no our issues WE deal with here! so keep your psyc. talk for someone else! or you sell your house and move Here!


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Terry - the grant obtained isn't available for the things that you mentioned. EPA certainly can use a lot more grants for various projects.

As for the drug dealing that you mentioned, if the cops aren't any help, you can contact the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force and/or the DEA, anonymously.


cleanup
East Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm
cleanup, East Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Cleaning up toxic waste should be a top priority of any community. Why did this take so long?


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

cleanup - did you do anything about it? I did. It took the youth of our city to get clean up done re Romic, too. I recall a friend & her son having to get cleaned in the street after some hazmat spill at Romic.

Asking why about something so important, here online, means generally you won't get a real answer. Ask our city council &/or administration about what happened & why.


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