After applying for grant funding from the state, county officials announce they’ve been awarded over $6 million for a transformation at Lamont Park.
The full release as well as a schematic can be seen below:
Kern County is thrilled to announce we’ve been awarded $6.5 million in Proposition 68 funding (with no County match) to completely renovate Lamont Park into a state-of-the-art facility. County employees have spent countless hours meeting with residents of Lamont to curate a design that best meets the needs of this under-served area of our community.
Obtaining this funding to build and expand Lamont Park will provide an opportunity to improve the physical and mental health of residents in this community, aligning with our goals to support and enhance parts of Kern County most in need.
Our goal is to improve quality of life in Lamont through the following park amenities:
• New soccer field with artificial turf, LED lighting, and accessible pathways.
• Inclusive ocean-themed splash pad with year-round use design.
• Outdoor pavilion/placita. (event space)
• New recreation building with an outdoor seating area.
• Inclusive exercise equipment.
• Inclusive play structures.
• Inclusive strength and coordination equipment.
• Enclosed multi-use court with LED lighting. (indoor soccer, street hockey, Zumba)
• Tennis/pickleball court with LED lighting.
• Restrooms and water fountains/filling stations.
• Below grade garden.
• Outdoor shade structure with benches and barbecues.
• Resurfacing of existing basketball courts.
• New walking paths throughout the park.
• Automated irrigation controls.
“This is fantastic news for the people of Lamont, they deserve it. Lamont Park will be completely renovated and will rival the very best parks found anywhere in the State of California. I want to thank the community of Lamont for providing direct input into the design, and our County parks team for the hard work they put in to make this project a reality,” said Supervisor David Couch, District 4.
“This game changing project for the people of Lamont would not have been possible without the leadership of Supervisor David Couch, and the work of our parks staff. It, quite simply, is among the best news I’ve received during my time as CAO. It demonstrates what is possible when local government and the community can accomplish when we think big and work together,” said Ryan Alsop, Kern County Chief Administrative Officer.