The city of Placentia announced Monday it will receive a $610,000 state grant for the Jaycee Parkette renovation project.

The funding comes from the State Parks Office of Grants and Local Services through the Statewide Park and Community Revitalization Program.

The project includes removing and replacing the playground and rubberized surfacing, the addition of water-efficient irrigation, landscaping, renovation of park lighting and replacement of park amenities. No matching funds will be required.

“I am thrilled that Placentia has been awarded this competitive grant funding for the renovation of Jaycee Parkette,” Mayor Rhonda Shader said in a statement. “Park maintenance and improvements are among the City Council’s top priorities. This grant will allow us to ensure the renovated Jaycee Parkette is done right. For residents surrounding the Parkette, the reconstruction of Jaycee Parkette has been a long time coming and I am eager for it to get started so that our residents can enjoy the new playground and park amenities.”

The grant program is designed to create and renovate parks and recreation facilities in underserved communities across California. Funds are provided through Prop 68, which was passed in June 2018 to safeguard resources like parks and safe drinking water.

The latest round of the grant program will provide $548.3 million in funding to more than 100 communities for new parks. The projects were selected from among 468 project applications.

Completion of the renovations to the Jaycee Parkette, 500 Kansas St., is projected for spring 2022.

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