The California State Parks has awarded the City of Lancaster more than $8.4 million to complete a full renovation and upgrade of El Dorado Park as part of the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization program.
As part of the California Outdoors for All initiative, which aims to give all Californians access to parks and open space, Lancaster is one of more than 100 communities that received a total of $548.3 million in grant funding to improve and create new parks. This is the largest single investment in expanding access to parks in underserved communities in the state’s history.
With more than 460 applications submitted, the proposal by Lancaster’s Parks, Arts, Recreation & Community Services (PARCS) team was selected for funding based upon its exceptional plan to transform El Dorado Park and bring a myriad of recreational opportunities to our residents.
“While the City is immensely proud of our 20 parks and open spaces, our goal is to make sure every resident has easy access to parks and the great outdoors,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Parks, green space, and public amenities bring joy and connection to a community, so we are eager to get started on this impressive improvement project. I am grateful to the city staff that created an exciting proposal and to California State Parks for awarding us this opportunity to bring more fun and recreation to El Dorado Park.”
The grant will allow Lancaster to begin constructing a new community center, a half-court basketball court, a splash pad, a skate spot, a plaza with tables, two picnic shelters, pathways, and more in El Dorado Park.
Crews will also be renovating and expanding a playground, including a new swing set and inclusive play equipment, as well as a jogging path and exercise stations. The entire park will also get plenty of lighting, landscaping, and seating to make the park safe and accessible for all.
Learn more about the El Dorado Park Renovation at www.parksforcalifornia.org/project/21179.