For Immediate ReleaseJuly 10, 2019
Board approves allocation of $190,000 from tax measure to support partnerships
San Rafael, CA – The past five years, a grant program offered by Marin County Parks has helped underserved local residents have better access to parks and open space preserves, leading to better overall health and relationships throughout the community. With the same goal this year, a new round of grants worth a combined $190,000 was approved by the Marin County Board of Supervisors during its July 9 meeting.
The Marin City Community Services District, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, and Bay Area Community Resources/Slide Ranch each will receive $30,000 for various programs that boost social equity and diversity. Marin Community Clinics, North Marin Community Services, Tomales Bay Youth Center/West Marin Community Services, and Innovative Health Solutions/Healthy Cooking with Kids are to receive grants of more than $10,000 apiece.
There are several new and exciting planned uses of the Breathe/Respira grants this year:
With equity and fairness in mind, County Parks recently reduced the costs of parking at three popular parks by 50% and waived all fees at the McNears Beach Park swimming pool. A survey showed that entry fees, a lack of public transportation, a shortage of bilingual signage, or a lack of familiarity can prevent somebody from a fresh-air adventure close to home.
“In partnership with local organizations these grants nearly double our capacity to provide programs to local residents across the county,” said Max Korten, Director of Marin County Parks. “These trips overcome barriers to reaching the park and help residents build long-term relationships, so they return over and over. It can be life-changing.”
The Breathe/Respira program seeks to support community organizations that provide programs to underserved, at-risk, or vulnerable populations in Marin and promote health, wellness or environmental education in Marin’s communities. Efforts to date have aided members of Latino, Vietnamese, senior, youth, and disabled communities.
Learn more on the Breathe/Respira Measure A Community Grant Program Overview or on the Measure A webpage.
Kevin WrightGovernment and External Affairs CoordinatorMarin County Parks
Marin Civic CenterSuite 260San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2129Email: Kevin WrightMarin County Parks website