Skate Park receives grant

California Rec. Foundation

Photo courtesy of Kern County
Karene Williams, volunteer treasurer for the George & Darlene Randall Skate Park project, addresses the Kern County Board of Supervisors at their afternoon meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

It is hard to believe that it has been over 3-1/2 years since Supervisor Gleason and then Parks & Recreation Director Bob Lerude came to the Kern River Valley to introduce the idea of a skate park in Lake Isabella. At that time, several local residents volunteered to work with California Recreation Foundation to raise the construction cost. The skate park was subsequently named George & Darlene Randall Skate Park. Sadly, Darlene passed away March 29, so she did not see the skate park come to fruition.

In November of 2018, the volunteers were notified that this project might qualify for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The County provided an application packet showing the information that must be provided and the questions that needed to be answered. On December 4 all of the required information was submitted to the County. On February 4, 2019, additional information was submitted.

On May 1, the Kern Valley Sun included information under Legal Notices that a Public Meeting would be held May 29 before Planning and Natural Resources and a Public Hearing would be held June 11 before the County Board of Supervisors. Both meetings were attended by some of the volunteers and Karene Williams made a short presentation at each one.

After all public comments for the CDBG, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 2019-2020 Draft Annual Action Plan which included $110,000 for the George & Darlene Randall Skate Park. Add this to the $66,729 in cash, $2,000 in pledges and $22,750 in-kind materials and services, over $201,000 is available to pay for this extremely important project. Now the real work starts.