State allocates $9.1m for local parks

Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, then a Fresno City Councilman, at the Martin Ray Reilly Park groundbreaking ceremony in 2010.Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, then a Fresno City Councilman, at the Martin Ray Reilly Park groundbreaking ceremony in 2010.The cities of Fresno, Dinuba and Parlier will receive more than $9 million from the state’s Park Development and Community Revitalization Program to create four new parks, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s office said.

The largest slice of the funding, $3.1 million, will go toward building Martin Ray Reilly Park in southeast Fresno. Perea spearheaded plans to create a park in the impoverished neighborhood while on the Fresno City Council and recently wrote a letter to the State Parks Department in support of the funding.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the people of southeast Fresno,” Perea said in a news release. “Their neighborhood has been left behind time and time again and I’m glad they are finally getting the funds they need.”

The City of Fresno will receive $3,165,365 for Martin Ray Reilly Park and $2,500,000 for Cultural Arts District Park. The Dinuba Recreation and Activity Center will be built with $822,300 in funds and $2,641,564 was designated for the construction of Parlier City Park.