Park Equity Prop 68


Prop 68 places a $3.8 billion infrastructure bond measure on the June 2018 ballot, and promises great potential to address a root cause of institutionalized inequity and build local governments’ capacity to effect community-led improvements in public space and other areas. Of this funding, more than $1 billion will be available to communities for urgently needed local park development, rehabilitation, and improvement, with most of the monies available to low resourced cities. While[JC1]  park and equity advocates have reason for excitement, history teaches us that it will be essential to monitor and support park bond implementation to ensure that funding benefits the most underserved communities. Importantly, funding will be available on a competitive basis, meaning that jurisdictions that submit the strongest written grant applications will be awarded. However, some cities are more competitive than others. Lower income cities have lower staff capacity and fewer resources to produce successful applications. In other words, inequities create a barrier before cities can even begin to access Prop 68 funds. Without support, these cities could miss the opportunity and see critical funding directed to jurisdictions with lower need.  [JC1]I would put the paragraph break back in here as you’re introducing new info