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San Marcos receives $1.4M grant for new park

The city of San Marcos has received more than $1.4 million in Housing Related Parks grant funds from the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The city will use the funds for the design and construction of a new park, which will be built on a city-owned vacant land in the Richmar neighborhood.

“With the loss of redevelopment dollars, the city relies now more than ever on grants to create and maintain community spaces available to all income levels,” said Karl Schwarm, San Marcos director of housing and neighborhood services. “Improving the surrounding neighborhoods with more park land adds to the high quality of life residents enjoy here in San Marcos.”

The Housing Related Parks program is designed to reward local governments that support affordable housing. Funds are allocated on a per-bedroom basis for each residential unit that targets the very low to low income households.

During the 2010 to 2013 grant period, the city approved close to 320 affordable housing units, including the Autumn Terrace, Parkview, Sage Point and Westlake Village apartments.

Since 2004, the city has received nearly $2.8 million from four similar state grants based on affordable housing production. These previous funds supported the expansion of Walnut Grove Park, the construction of Sunset and Hollandia parks, and the new Connors Park.

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