Looking for their share of Proposition 68 funding, Galt city officials have planned four public meetings to find out just what Galt residents want in their parks.
Meetings are planned throughout the week at different park locations. The first meeting is scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at Meadowview Park, 1128 Meadowview Drive. Additional meetings are planned for Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at Harvey Park, 248 C Street; Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Gora Aquatic Center, 630 Chabolla Avenue; and Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at Lions Oak Park, 254 Oak Avenue.
These will be informational meetings to discuss possibilities for the parks in Galt. The public is invited to attend one or all of the meetings to provide input.
Galt officials are seeking funds to help renovate existing parks. Limited by eligibility requirements, the city can apply for funds to include Meadowview, Harvey, Lions Oak, the Gora Aquatic Center and the Skate Park.
Prop. 68, a general obligation bond similar to Measure E and K passed in 2016 here in Galt, was placed on the November 2018 ballot, where it passed with a 56 percent approval.
Authored by state Senator Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, the initiative was in response to what de León called the “under-investment” in parks, wild lands and water systems in economically challenged communities.
Prop. 68 authorizes the state to borrow $4.1 billion for investments in outdoor recreation, including local parks, among other things.
The rainbow leading to the pot of gold with the $4.1 billion is Senate Bill 5, California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018. Passing the California Senate and Assembly in September 2017, the bill was approved by the Governor in October 2017. The general obligation bond was then placed on the November 2018 ballot.
State officials already had their eye on specific projects while the bill was going through the California legislature. With its passing, many California projects will get an economic steroid, including $200 million for improving water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and San Francisco Bay. Also included in funding will be $3 million to restore the habitat along the Russian River, $3 million for the protection of Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River, and millions slated for state parks.
Agencies across the state are vying for the funding. Grant proposals are due later this summer, with the hope of approval by the end of the year.