LYNWOOD (November 20, 2017) – California Natural Resources Agency announced that the City of Lynwood was awarded a $2.85 million Urban Greening Grant for the Lynwood Bicycle Trail on Tuesday.

The Urban Greening Grant aims to distribute $76 million statewide to projects that transform the pockets of the community into places that create healthy and vibrant communities.

The California Natural Resources Agency evaluated 143 applications and recommended funding for 13 projects in the County of Los Angeles. These projects aim to ensure the State will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The $2.85 million grant will pay for the development of the Bicycle Trail which strives to improve our City’s cycling connections. The trail will be built on undeveloped and underused Caltrans’ excess land adjacent to the I-105 Freeway. The proposed Bicycle Trail will not only expand an existing developed park, the Ricardo Lara Liner Park, but will also provide safe routes for cyclists to access Lynwood Park and City Hall complex on Bullis Rd; Yvonne Burke-John D Ham Park on Atlantic Ave; and the Metro Green Line and Plaza Mexico on Long Beach Blvd. The trail will feature native drought-tolerant plants, lighting for safety and visibility, permeable pavers and bio-swale for expansion of natural systems to reduce storm runoff water.

“Lynwood winning this Urban Greening Grant shows that the State understands the value of targeted investments in the City. These investments will pay off by creating jobs and boosting the regional economy,” said Mayor Santillan-Beas. “Lynwood residents know that our City has great potential to build a sustainable, vibrant local economy. Leveraging these grant funds will help us take steps in that direction.”

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