Town applies for park funding

Village of Cache Creek seeks improvements for pool park.

Cache Creek Council is hoping to benefit from the federal government’s new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The town is applying for $128,000 to help pay for improvements to the pool park.

At their July 16 meeting, Council agreed to submit a grant application to raise the existing level of the playground and gazebo, replace the playground equipment and expand the viewing area around the swimming pool. The projects are in the Parks and Trails Master Plan.

The grant would pay for half of the costs: the Village would have to come up with another $128,000.

“This seems to be a lot of money here,” said Coun. Herb Hofer, “even if you look at the grant.”

Mayor John Ranta agreed with him, but felt there was sufficient money in the budget to cover almost all of the Village’s share.

Council applied earlier this year for a grant to construct a walking trail system and replace playground equipment. Their application was unsuccessful, so the $103,600 they budgeted for the project is still available.

“It’s all subject to approval of the grant, right?” asked Hofer.

The program is meant to assist municipalities rehabilitate and improve existing community infrastructure, such as parks, swimming pools and airports.

There will be another invitation to apply for grants in November.

Council agreed to refer the next round of grants to the Airport Commission for their consideration and possible grant application for runway paving.