California Construction News staff writer
The City of San Bernardino has announced nearly $2 million in grants from the County of San Bernardino and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to fund major upgrades to Rick Speicher Family Memorial Park.
Earlier this year, the city council approved spending $650,000 for a separate project to replace Speicher’s skate park, which was forced to close earlier this year. After working with local skaters on a vision for a new skate park, selection of a design firm is currently underway with construction to begin in 2023.
Work will include renovating the fields, upgrading lighting, installing new bleachers and scoreboard, demolishing and constructing a new snack bar and two new ADA compliant bathrooms.
“I’m honored to be a part of this partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the City of San Bernardino, and San Bernardino County,” said Supervisor Joe Baca. “Working together we are able to invest in open space and park improvements for our deserving families to enjoy.”
The 28-acre park in the northeast part of the city, is used by members of the community, baseball and softball leagues, skateboarders, and students.
County funding for this project from the will come from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds made available to supervisors to address needs in their district. Funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will come from the Tribe’s philanthropic arm, which provides support to local non-profits and public agencies.