The County is applying for a State grant to create a new park in the Franklin-Beachwood area (also known as Beachwood-Franklin). The grant is intended to build, expand, or improve parks in underserved communities.
Although there are park needs throughout Merced County, Franklin-Beachwood is an excellent candidate for this unusual grant opportunity. “The State is interested in awarding park grant funds to communities with less than 3 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents,” advised Merced County Supervisor Daron McDaniel. “Franklin-Beachwood residents currently have ZERO acres of park space.”
The grant can provide as much as $8.5 million to create a park offering features such as picnic shelters, recreation center, soccer fields, playground, walking path, and other characteristics. To begin the process, the County is offering an on-line survey to determine the recreation features most desired for a new park.
The County also plans to hold an in-person outdoor workshop, and a series of virtual meetings to receive more community input on park needs.
The grant is due in December, and award announcements are expected approximately July 2021.
You can vote on the Franklin Beachwood Park grant by completing a survey online. The survey will be available in both Spanish and English, until November 22, 2020.
For more information, call Merced County Special Projects Coordinator Patti Dossetti at (209) 385-7637, extension 4467.