Photo of: Jane Brunner
The State of California has awarded $6 million from a Proposition 84 Statewide Parks Grant to the City of Oakland for improvements to Durant Mini Park and Golden Gate Recreation Center Expansion and Park.
Oakland competed against 400 applicants for $184 Million in Prop 84 funding for this year.
The grant will provide $5 million dollar fort Golden Gate Recreation Center and Park at 1075 62nd St. in North Oakland. The project involves a new multipurpose gym, new performance stage/activity room, new teen lounge, new community living room/art gallery, new walking track, new school-age playground and new outdoor performance area.
The additional 9,700-square-feet will improve existing recreational opportunities, including modernizing and expanding the kitchen, relocating a dedicated computer room, and reconfiguring the existing multi- purpose room.
“I have been working with the community for years to upgrade Golden Gate Recreation Center. I’m thrilled that with this grant we can finally give this community … a state of the art recreation facility,” said District 1 Councilmember Jane Brunner, in whose district the recreation center is located.
Another $1 million will go to Durant Mini Park, at 29th Street and MLK Jr. Way to improve lighting for safety on the plaza, a new amphitheater and picnic areas, a new community garden, a new children’s play area and tot lot, and a new walking circuit and bicycle accommodations.