Oct. 21 Grand Opening of Hammond Park in Nice

NICE, Calif. – The Lake County Public Services Department will host a grand opening later this month to celebrate the completion of new facilities – including a new sports field – at Hammond Avenue Park in Nice.

The grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the park, located at 6935 Hammond Ave.

The park’s new offerings include a professionally designed, multi-use sports field, parking area, bleachers and a new restroom.

Public Services is touting the park as “an excellent example of the achievements that can be realized when people work together for the betterment of our communities,” and one that will provide another venue for physical activity and community building.

The county acquired the 12-acre property that now makes up the park – located at the corner of Hammond Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard – in 2005, according to Public Services Deputy Director Kati Galvani.

To date, Public Services has spent approximately $265,000 on the sports field, bleachers, back stop, parking lot, well, landscaping and signage, and $150,000 on the new restroom facility, Galvani said.

Galvani said the sources of those funds were the Quimby Act, which are park development fees that come from new development and help mitigate property improvement impacts; the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund; and some county general fund monies.

There is one more major improvement planned for the park, according to Galvani.

“Eventually, there will be a trail along the outside of it,” she said.

That proposed trail will extend 1,600 linear feet along the wetlands around Hammond Park, and will be built with state grant funds, Galvani said.

In 2014, the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Habitat Conservation Fund Program – which had previously given the county funds for Mt. Konocti County Park – awarded the county $108,450 for the trail and habitat restoration. The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match from county funds.

Galvani said the county has until 2021 to complete the trail project, under the grant’s requirements.

This article was reprinted from LakeCoNews.

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