The second construction phase of Rocky Hill Park in Liberty Lake got a boost last week when Gov. Chris Gregoire included the $500,000 project in her proposed jobs package to boost the economy. The governor’s proposal took several “shovel ready” projects from a list of projects that had been approved as eligible for state funding by the Recreation and Conservation Office.
The city had been hoping to receive a $500,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant in 2009 to fund the project. City officials are hopeful that being part of the governor’s proposal will ensure the construction is funded.
“That is the governor’s budget proposal,” said community development director Doug Smith. “Obviously, it’s much more probable than it was a week and half ago.”
Still, the city is trying to temper its enthusiasm. “Until we see the contract in front of us, we won’t assume it’s a done deal,” Smith said.
The park’s proposed phase two would include restrooms, paths, tennis courts, a playground, picnic areas and landscaping.
Arc seeking community award nominations
The Arc of Spokane, 127 W. Boone Ave., is asking for nominations for people in the community, demonstrating commitment to improving quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.
Categories include The Hazel Skog Award, recognizing a person who has devoted years of his or her life to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities; the Good Neighbor Award, honoring a person or group outside the community of disability professionals that have set an example of acceptance and support for people who have a developmental disability; Advocate of the Year, recognizing a person who has made a significant contribution toward bettering the lives of people who have a developmental disability; Self-Advocate of the Year, recognizing a person with a developmental disability who has made a significant contribution toward bettering the lives of others who have a developmental disability or who has made notable progress in their own life toward greater independence.
Educator of the Year, honoring an educator who has made praiseworthy efforts to ensure that students who have a developmental disability enjoy a positive and meaningful learning experience; Employer of the Year, recognizing an employer that has made praiseworthy efforts to hire and support a person who has a developmental disability; Media Person of the Year, honoring a newspaper, radio, or television professional whose work has increased awareness and acceptance of people who have a developmental disability; and Organization of the Year, honoring an organization outside the community of disability professionals that has set a notable example of acceptance and support for people who have a developmental disability.
To nominate someone in the community or for more information, call Brian Holloway at 328-6326 or visit www.arc-spokane.org.
Solutions to homelessness sought
The city of Spokane, Spokane County and the city of Spokane Valley are requesting proposals for services to help end homelessness in the Spokane area.
Proposals must address one or more of the actions outlined in the draft update for 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and one or more of the funding priorities listed in the request for proposals for this funding. Copies of the 10-Year Plan, the RFP and applications are now available.
Approximately $835,000 is available for these services during this 2009-10 funding cycle, and applications are due by Feb. 9.
All materials can be picked up at the Human Services Department located on the first floor of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. or downloaded online at www.spokanehumanservices.org.