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Calexico to receive $8.5-million for park improvements

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City of Calexico

Grant will provide major improvements to Heber Park

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The City of Calexico has been selected to receive an $8.5-million grant to expand Heber Park.

The money will be used to construct a new multi-purpose gym, outdoor basketball court with lights, and a new soccer field with lights. It will also pay for a walking trail, athletic track and picnic area. In addition, the park will get a new parking lot with lighting. And finally, the entire park will get new landscaping.

Mayor Bill Hodge was elated to get the news. In a statement Hodge writes:

“This is wonderful news for the community of Calexico.  The City of Calexico has been working for a long time to develop this project, learning today that the money got approved is great news. I want to commend city staff that worked to make this happen, the improvement to Heber Park will make our families and children very happy.”

Mayor Bill Hodge, Calexico

The funding comes from the California Department of Parks and Recreation's statewide park grant program. Voters approved the funding by passing the Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, also known as Proposition 68.

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