On August 10, 2021, the HRD Board of Directors approved the District’s budget for fiscal year 2021-22. After weathering the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing a slow reopening of the economy, the District is in a position to increase capacity in its childcare programs and begin offering more classes, special events and private facility rentals. Although with the rise of the Delta variant, growth in some programs may be slowed as customers become more comfortable with hosting gatherings or signing up for recreation classes. Even as the District looks to expand programs and services, the health and safety of its patrons remains the District’s highest priority.
The budget identifies several facility maintenance and capital improvement projects over the next few years. One of the projects slated for this fiscal year includes the parking lot and pathway asphalt repair and resurfacing. The last time either the parking lot or pathway was paved was approximately 10 years ago. The project will happen in phases with the parking lot asphalt repair occurring in early September with the final work scheduled for September 16-18. The District grounds will be open, and programs will continue to operate during the construction. More information will be sent out to program participants and facility users closer to these dates.
Another project identified in the budget is the HRD Playground and Sports Court Renovation project which is funded by Proposition 68 and the District. The current project budget is approximately $200,000 and the District’s match is 20% of the total project cost. The project seeks to address several deferred maintenance needs such as the repair and replacement of pathway and playground fencing and improved accessibility. In addition, the project will help create multi-generational opportunities and spaces for all ages, enhancing spaces and park amenities for gathering and improved experience, and sports court rehabilitation to increase play for a broader range of users. Design work is underway with the District meeting with a number of Highlands residents. For more information, please visit the project website.
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