The redesign of Johnny Carson Park is underway, and city officials could tap three grants to help cover the estimated $5-million price tag.
The city has been setting aside money for the project — $2.5 million so far through the Redevelopment Agency — but three grant applications, if submitted, would determine the city’s eligibility for additional funds, said Jan Bartolo, deputy director of park services.
Should the city qualify, that could mean an additional $2.8 million to help meet its sustainable design goals, including a drainage system to keep dirty water out of the Los Angeles River.
Bartolo said that while the $2.5 million set aside for the project is sufficient to pursue a variety of upgrades at the park, city officials are looking at a budget of $5 million for a complete redesign.
“We would ideally love to have a $5-million project budget, and we’re actively soliciting funding,” she said.