Ganesha Park could see big changes.
Three million dollars in federal funding guaranteed by Representative Norma Torres, D-Pomona, would be used to revitalize the outdoor space and make it more accessible.
âIf it is not used by the community and the children, I think it will just go to waste and rot,â Torres said on Friday morning August 6, while at Pomona Park. âWe want to use it. It is long overdue.
As one of a series of recent Congressional appropriation bills obtained by Torres, the money would mainly be used to rebuild an existing walking path and concrete steps around the park. Trees and hillside walking trails have all suffered damage from erosion, Torres said.
Street repairs will also be done to make drainage improvements, she said.
Having a makeover at Ganesha Park would go a long way in promoting a healthy, outdoor lifestyle for residents, said Michael Osoff, director of community services. He hears from the community about the lack of outdoor spaces in Pomona, which causes many people to leave town to seek these spaces, he said.
âOne of the things that’s important is getting more people to recreate themselves here rather than going to places like the Claremont Loop,â Osoff said. “The more space we can make available, the more we bring people not only from Pomona but from the region to take advantage of the space we are in now.”
City Councilor Robert Torres, who is the MP’s son and whose district includes Ganesha Park, said voters and local officials tried to maintain the area by carrying out cleanups. These efforts are not enough to solve structural problems, he said.
“When the opportunity arose to apply for these grants, we wanted to submit it right away because there isn’t much you can do while pulling the weeds, you have to look at the situation. as a whole, âsaid Robert Torres.
âIt will be great, not just for these residents here in District Six, but for all the people in the town of Pomona who come here and want to enjoy these views and these trails,â he said.
Norma Torres sits on the House Appropriations Committee and got the money as part of her wishlist for community project funding, which replaced old congressional allotments. After passing through the House in July, the bills are now in the hands of the Senate, a process that Torres says will be completed in the coming months.
âI’m confident only because they also have their own personal plans, and if they want their plans to be successful, they’re going to have to be successful in ours,â Torres said.
A total of $ 9.1 million was raised by Torres for Pomona. This includes $ 800,000 to help build 75 apartments for low-income downtown residents and $ 125,000 for early learning and arts education programs for young children at the dA Center for the Arts.