Landscape Crossroads  

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"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning." Thomas Jefferson

In November of 2006 the voters of California passed Proposition 84 the "Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006." The "Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program of 2008" is a small portion of this proposition which makes available $368 million for parks and recreation projects. The intent of the program is to award competitive grants for the construction of new parks and new recreational amenities, focusing on critically under served areas. The following is a brief overview of the program. More detailed information can be found by clicking here.

Eligible Projects

The following may be eligible projects: Acquisition for new parks, athletic fields and courts, community centers, community gardens, gymnasiums, non-motorized trails, natural areas, performing arts venues, picnic areas, playgrounds, skate parks, swimming pools and aquatic features.

O'Dell Engineering

The next time you need a Landscape Architect on your project, consider O'Dell Engineering's Landscape Architecture Department.

Services include:

  • Park and Playground Design
  • Recreational Facility Design
  • Site Planning
  • Streetscape Design
  • Urban Design
  • Commercial Design
  • Model / Production Homes
  • 3-D Visualizations
  • Graphic Design
  • Arboriculture Consulting

Eligible Applicants

The following may be eligible for program funds: local governments such as cities, counties and joint authorities, districts and not for profit organizations.

Project Selection

Projects will be ranked according to a scoring system resulting in funding for the highest scoring projects. There are a maximum of 100 points available. The following is a breakdown of the ranking system:

  1. Critical Lack of Space (15 possible points)
  2. Significant Poverty (15 possible points)
  3. Type of Project (12 possible points)
  4. Community Based Planning (25 possible points)
  5. Sustainable Design (13 possible points)
  6. Project Funding (0 points available)
  7. Project Accessibility (5 possible points)
  8. Employment/training/learning Opportunities (5 possible points)
  9. Project Needs and Benefits (10 possible points)


Below is a timeline showing the most important stages in the process. Pay special attention to the current stage shown in orange as this date is approaching quickly.

Click here for a copy of the draft application guide or the draft grant administration guide.

Author: Chad Kennedy, Landscape Architect

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