ARPA Parks and Recreation Projects
The City of Shasta Lake expects to receive $2.49 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). City Council appropriated $100,000 of the ARPA funds to support local non-profits; and designated the remaining $2.39 million to fund parks and recreation projects. At their July 5, 2022 meeting, City Council approved funding for the following projects:
- New skatepark facility at the Civic Center (leaving old skatepark in place)
- Expansion of Lassen Field at Bizz Johnson Park and the addition of new lighting
- Disc golf course behind ballfields at Bizz Johnson Park
- Covered picnic pavilion (location tbd)
- Walking trail at Civic Center
Staff are currently in the Project Implementation Phase
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion economic recovery package, based on President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, is intended to provide financial aid to families, governments, businesses, schools, non-profits and others impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The City of Shasta Lake is currently expected to receive $2.49 million. It is anticipated that funds will be received in 2 equal installments one year apart with the first allocation received on 07/14/2021 ($1,245,505), and the final installment expected one year later in 2022. All funds must be allocated by the end of calendar year 2024.
City Council appropriated $100,000 of the awarded ARPA funds to support local non-profits in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and established an Ad Hoc Committee to review eligible opportunities to allocate the remaining $2.39 million.
On September 29, 2021 the ARPA Ad Hoc Committee held a meeting open to the public where they provided an overview of the ARPA funding, and reviewed eligible funding activities.
The following aspects were considered in the conversation:
• This is one time funding and should be prioritized for programs/projects not eligible under other federal and state programs.
• The City and public need to stay mindful of operational costs and the ability to sustain funded programs/projects.
Members of the public and staff discussed various projects and programs ranging from youth programs, park and recreation projects to restoration of historical sites. One common scope that was popular amongst the attendees was the need to fund park improvements and expand the footprint of our parks system and add additional park features.
At their November 16, 2021 meeting, City Council provided direction to staff to designate the ARPA funds to be used for Parks and Recreation Projects and to work with the ARPA Ad Hoc Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, Youth, and the General Public to host community workshops to seek public input and determine park projects to prioritize for this funding.
As part of the public outreach process to determine the community’s parks and recreation needs, and prioritize potential projects for funding, the City released a household parks survey and a student parks survey. The household survey was open from March 23rd to May 13th and was advertised through the City’s website, social media, Boomtown Festival, and through a direct mailer to residents. The household survey received a total of 220 responses. The student survey was facilitated through classrooms at Grand Oaks, Shasta Lake School, Central Valley High School, and Mountain Lakes High School. The student survey received a total of 322 responses.