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Central Coast Park Reopens After $800,000 Revamp


A popular Central Coast Park is reopening after getting a more than $850,000 makeover.

Russell Park in Santa Maria opens on Saturday with new and improved amenities, after investment from federal and state grants. 

New bathrooms - a new playground, new lighting and landscaping, with improved accessibility - the two acre park in Santa Maria is now back open following a year long project which cost over $850,000 – funded by federal and state grants.

Brett Fulgoni from Santa Maria Recreation and Parks told KCLU News the park is now the jewel in Santa Maria's crown.  


"It's the center of the community - it's really the crown jewel of Santa Maria." 

Fulgoni points out that they’re also being mindful of the extra safety measures needed for communal play areas, amid the pandemic.

"We have crews that are going out sanitizing and trying to prevent the spread of the virus. Kids need a place to play, so even if the playground is closed, there's still plenty of space to run around."

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