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Riverside to spend second round of federal ARPA funding

Riverside will spend $13 million on park improvements and $4 million on trash trucks from funds allotted to it through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Those allocations, which the council approved Feb.7, will come from $36.7 million given to the city via the rescue plan act, the $350 billion pandemic recovery, according to a statement on the city’s website.

President Biden signed the act into law in March 2021. Riverside approved its first rescue plan act funding, also $36.7 million, in November 2021.

“Parks make life better,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said in the statement. “These projects will improve the playgrounds and community centers that make our parks such enjoyable places. Other ARPA-funded projects will make Riverside safer, strengthen our finances and improve our quality of life.”

Rescue plan funds will also help pay for: $170,000 in new equipment for the police department; 600,000 to upgrade the fire department’s emergency operations center; recovery of $2 million in unpaid refuse bills and other costs stemming from the pandemic; $600,000 for library materials, $1.4 million for affordable housing and $185,000 for a two-year pilot program to support public art displays, among other projects, according to the statement.

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