McQuiston gives park expansion update

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Jon McQuiston gave an update to the report on the expansion of LeRoy Jackson Park, currently under construction at the corner of French Street and China Lake Boulevard.

City Planner Matthew Alexander circulated a press release two weeks ago that confirmed the park was in Phase I of construction, which began in August and is expected to conclude in November.

McQuiston said that the first phase is being funded through a combination of county general fund money as well as Community Development Block Grants. He also confirmed that the county will be paying for maintenance of the park.

That phase will include site grading, installation of infrastructure (lighting, water, etc.) and the installation of a picnic area, walking paths and some landscaping.

McQuiston said that funding for Phase II has not yet been authorized, but that he expects it to be funded out of the proceeds of the recent settlement between the county and the city of Ridgecrest over money accrued to redevelopment.

That phase would include the completion of water-efficient landscaping, irrigation and paths, as well as the installation of windbreaks and possibly an outdoor amphitheater.

He said he hoped the amphitheater would be a good venue for events such as concerts in the park.

McQuiston said he hopes for that phase to begin in the February-March timeframe.

“We want to be ready with the design in hand so that we can make the gaps between phases as small as feasible,” he said.

Story First Published: 2012-09-19