The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department has received over $500,000 in grants for its Santa Maria Outdoor Recreation Experience, aka SMORE, program.
“This $589,000 grant will allow the ministry to provide unique opportunities for outdoor and nature education, leadership development, growth and stewardship of our public lands while providing fun experiences for young people. , adults and seniors in our community,” said Dennis Smitherman, Recreation Services. administrator.
Among other things, the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department operates Los Flores Ranch Park, located at 6271 Dominion Road, where families can learn about the environment and land preservation while recreating. The site includes over 8 miles of hiking trails.
California State Parks is providing funding to select communities to help advance the Outdoor Access for All initiative championed by Governor Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The initiative aims to expand access to the outdoors for all Californians through targeted investments in open space infrastructure and outdoor programming, with a focus on expanding access to undeserved communities.
“There was $167.78 million requested and $57 million awarded, showing that this grant was highly competitive, and department staff are excited to provide unique outdoor adventures,” Smitherman said.
Questions can be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.