Southern Humboldt Community Park Wins Grant
The Southern Humboldt Community Park has been awarded a 2017 Community Grant from Humboldt Area Foundation. “We submitted a grant proposal to Humboldt Area Foundation in July to begin raising funds for the next phase of making the Southern Humboldt Community Sports Complex a reality,” said Ross Huber, member of the Community Park’s Board of Directors. “We want to bring sports fields to the Community Park and we are overjoyed to learn that Humboldt Area Foundation believes in this project and wants to be a part of it.”
The grant monies will be used to hire consultants to study and grade the land at the Community Park, in anticipation of beginning the development of sports fields in late 2018. “These experts will provide the necessary research to advise us on how to prepare the land for the fields,” Huber said. “We’re taking a slow and iterative approach, because responsible water use will determine the size of our sports complex. We would like these engineers to use the Environmental Impact Report as a blueprint and, coupled with their own research, to help us get it just right.”
For years, the Park’s staff and Board received community feedback about the lack of fields for organized recreation. “It was hard for Board members not to get lumps in our throats during this feedback process. We heard from a lot of parents who are worried about their kids not having enough healthy activities. This sports complex has been a long time coming.”
The Park also formed a community group in charge of determining the use of the future sports complex. “We formed the energetic CASH Committee,” said Huber. “CASH stands for Community Athletics of Southern Humboldt. Since there was so much interest from people representing different activities, it made sense to form a community group.” The CASH Committee wants people interested in BMX racing, skateboarding, adult softball, youth baseball and softball, youth and adult soccer to join the committee and offer their expertise and feedback on this community-based project.
For more information on the CASH Committee or how to get involved in this future sports complex project, please leave a message for Ross Huber at the Community Park office at (707) 923-2928. For more information about Humboldt Area Foundation, please visit their website at www.hafoundation.org.