Maienschein secures funds for local park

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, 77th District

Maienschein secures funds for local park

California Assemblyman Brian Maienschein announced on June 24 that he has allocated $5 million from the state budget to three public service programs and projects in the 77th Assembly District. The majority of those funds will be directed toward Jerabek Park, 10150 Avenida Magnifica, in Scripps Ranch.

Upgrades at Jerabek Park will be funded with $4 million provided to install long overdue American Disabilities Act (ADA) infrastructure improvements. Public park facilities are required to meet ADA standards which are federally regulated in order to install any new park equipment.

“Adults and children with disabilities will now have the same access to public park space as everyone else,” Maienschein said. “Now, the community will be able to get even more use out of this park.”

Assemblyman Maienschein represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature. The district includes Scripps Ranch.

“Since being elected to the California Legislature, my priorities have always been my constituents and the communities I represent,” Maienschein said. “I am proud to have negotiated this necessary funding which will go a long way toward updating and modernizing projects in our community.”

Two other projects receiving funding as directed by Maienschein are the Poway Senior Center and the Rancho Bernardo Dog Park.

• $500,000 will be provided to the Poway Senior Center which serves more than 100 seniors daily. The funding will enable the Poway Senior Center to replace dilapidated equipment and modernize its facility to better serve their population. There is an urgent need to upgrade some of the commercial equipment and vehicles in order to maintain and continue the center’s partnership with San Diego County and the “Meals on Wheels” program which delivers meals to seniors isolated at home.

“On behalf of our seniors whom our staff is privileged to serve, we are extremely grateful for this amazing and thoughtful show of support from our Assemblymember,” said Leslie Hoffman, Poway Senior Center executive director.

“The Poway Senior Center does an incredible job serving our seniors, and now the services will be even greater,” Maienschein said.

• $500,000 was allocated to help with drought-friendly facility upgrades at the Rancho Bernardo Dog Park located adjacent to the Rancho Bernardo Community Park. What was once a lush green “leash free” park for dogs is now a dusty, dirty brown field. The City of San Diego stopped watering dog parks during the most recent drought in California in order to conserve water.

“On behalf of the Rancho Bernardo Recreation Advisory Board, we would like to thank Assemblymember Brian Maienschein for obtaining the needed funding for renovations and extra amenities at the Rancho Bernardo Dog Park,” said Robin Kaufman, president of the Rancho Bernardo Advisory Board.

“I am looking forward to the new and innovative conservation updates that will return visitors to this pet friendly park,” Maienschein said. “I was proud to create the RB Dog Park when I was a city councilmember and now the park will be able to provide more benefit to our community.”

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