City staff are aware of parks that need improvement and are actively seeking grant opportunities to fund these costly projects. There are a number of factors that are considered when selecting a project in need of funding. Some of the questions that staff ask when reviewing grant opportunities to pursue include:
- Which park meets the grant criteria such as neighborhood park deficiency or income demographics?
- What is the most competitive project for this grant?
- What is needed to submit a proposal or application and can it be done by the submission deadline? Is community outreach needed? A conceptual design? An equipment list?
- When does the project need to be completed? Is it feasible for what the project entails?
Unfortunately, not all projects that the City would like to complete are a good fit for the grant opportunities available at the time. City staff are persistent and continue to search for project funding. Some projects take a little longer to fund but their completion is just as exciting and magical.