Senator Chang Secures $1.6 million in Grant Funding for City of Fullerton

Friday, February 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) announced she secured a $1.6 million grant from the Statewide Park Program for the City of Fullerton to complete the Pearl Park Project.

“I'm glad to see these important funds directed to a severely disadvantage community, transforming a former railroad and dirt corridor into a safe space,” said Senator Chang. “The community has been working so hard on this, and I’m proud to have worked with them to secure greater access to our local parks.”

The Pearl Park Project will establish a new park in the Fullerton’s low-income Garnet Neighborhood, a densely populated six block predominately Latino community. Recreation amenities that will be added include a new playground, walking path, picnic area, lighting, and water-efficient landscaping.

“I am thankful for the assistance from Senator Chang’s Office on this grant award from the State Parks,” said Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald, City of Fullerton.  “Nothing is more important than the safety of our children and I am happy to see that this lot purchased by the City in 2017 will revitalize this neighborhood and create a safe place for the kids.”

The Statewide Park grants awarded to the 29th Senate District include:

  • City of Fullerton’s Pearl Park, $1,572,311
  • City of La Habra’s Former Women’s Club Park, $861,400
  • City of Placentia’s La Placita Parkette, $640,000

Senator Chang has advocated to make parks accessible to the community during her tenure. Last year Senator she authored SB 404, which would have required the state parks department to explore expanding Chino Hills State Park.