Paiute Park is on deck for a new splash pad.
The Scottsdale City Council approved on consent at its June 30 meeting a fiscal year 2019-20 future grants capital contingency budget appropriation transfer of $279,000 to the capital project Paiute Park Splash Pad. Paiute Park is at 3210 N. 66th St.
The money will come from fiscal year 2020-21 community development block grant fund ($263,000) and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community grant funds ($16,000).
The city will use the $16,000 from the SRPMIC grant funds for design costs while the rest of the money will go to replacement costs.
City staff say the splash pad is in disrepair as it is functioning at 15%. Staff have removed numerous play equipment for safety and inoperability reasons.
Scottsdale has participated in the CDBG program for 42 years and staff say this participation shows the city’s commitment to its citizens’ welfare and in meeting the national objectives of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Those objectives, according to a staff report to council, include benefiting low- and moderate-income persons; addressing slums or blight; and meeting a particularly urgent community need.
Scottsdale receives annual grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the amount is based on a formula. That formula accounts for extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag compared to other metropolitan areas.
Those eligible for these grants include principle cities of a metropolitan statistical area; cities of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with populations of at least 200,000 not including the population of entitled cities.
With the approval in place, the Community Assistance Office will move forward with the design and replacement of the splash pad. There was no timeline available with the staff report to council.