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Yuba City receives $1.7M grant for Willow Island park

A $1.7 million state grant will allow Yuba City to complete a riverfront park and link to trails in the first phase of the Feather River Parkway-Willow Island Project. The 172-acre park would be the largest in the city.

"This was the last round of funding," Brad McIntire, director of parks and recreation, said of the source of state funds. "We are very happy."

Yuba City announced the California Natural Resource Agency grant for work that includes river bank stabilization, 53 acres of preserved woodland and 5 miles of pedestrian and cycling trails.

They will link to the 2.5 miles of trails completed in the first phase. A groundbreaking will be held this spring for that phase of the project near Market Street and the 10th street bridge.

The park will be available for use before that.

"Pending weather, the park will be available in January," McIntire said.

Mayor John Buckland said in a statement that the finished parkway will allow people to "experience the river and riparian habitat firsthand while preserving it for generations to come."

The first phase was completed with a $1.4 million grant from California Natural Resources through Proposition 50 and a $200,000 contribution from the city.

That work improves access to a beach on the Feather River and provides wheelchair-accessible scenic overlooks.

The $1.7 million grant for the second phase was awarded to Yuba City after the municipality was selected from among 145 applicants. The funding is the fifth-largest grant awarded among 33 projects statewide.

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