County Parks Director Russ Guiney seeking Board of Supervisors approval to pursue state grant funds so the county can install Braille signage at Placerita Canyon State and County Park and restore three miles of Placerita Creek habitat.
Guiney and his staff intend to apply for two competitive grants from the state Department of Parks and Recreation. They’d go after $200,000 for a “Placerita Canyon Riparian Habitat Project,” described as follows:
The project will restore and preserve approximately three miles of Placerita Creek by installing two aluminum bridges, elevating the multi-use trail out of the creek bed. The project will include rock face leveling and shoring to assist in the restoration and preservation of the creek bed and riparian habitat. In addition, the leveling will enhance public safety for trail users. Interpretive signage will also be installed.
Another request of $29,000 would be used for a “Placerita Canyon Braille Trail Project,” described as follows:
“The project will involve installation of approximately 1,500 linear feet of concrete curbing, fabrication and installation of Braille interpretive signage. In addition, a detailed, miniature sculpture of the historic Oak of the Golden Dream will be created and will offer a unique, tactile and educational experience for the visually impaired.”
Both projects would be located inside the park.
The total cost of the habitat restoration project is $555,000, and if the county gets the $200,000 in state money, the county would allocate $300,000 in park bond money and the parks department would provide $55,000 in in-kind labor.
The total cost of the Braille Trail project is $65,000; supplementing the $29,000 from the state would be $29,000 in park bond money and $7,000 in in-kind labor.
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