By Alba Ibarra

Three Los Angeles County parks were recently presented with the prestigious 2017 Congressional Recognition of Excellence Awards, which recognize the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the benefit of the community.

Loma Alta Park in Altadena received the award for the second year in a row at the San Gabriel Grapevine Building. U.S. Rep. Judy Chu presented the award to representatives of the park for the Tiny Tot and the Teen Club programs, which received $37,000 in CDBG funding during fiscal year 20016-17.   

“Today’s ceremony was an opportunity to honor those communities that are putting these dollars to work for us,” Chu said. “I’m so proud to represent an area that brings such creativity and energy to supporting our residents and creating new opportunities. And, it’s a privilege to get to highlight some of these successes. Each of these winning projects exemplified the goals of job growth, business retention, community engagement, or creating opportunities.”

Adventure Park and Amigo Park in Whittier received their award from U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez at her Congressional Field Office in Norwalk. Adventure Park received $71,300 and Amigo Park received 23,000 in CDBG during fiscal year 2016-17. Adventure Park utilized the funding for the Tiny Tots and After-School programs, and also for its Senior and Co-ed Modification programs. Amigo Park used the federal funds on the Tiny Tots and the After-School programs.  

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation congratulates Adventure, Amigo and Loma Alta parks’ staff, as the Congressional Recognition of Excellence Award is a reflection of their dedicated and exemplary work.