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Learn more how Assemblymember Marc Berman was instrumental in securing funding for the Carter Park improvements.
California’s State Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, approved on June 28, includes $4.75 million for major renovations and improvements to Half Moon Bay’s John L. Carter Memorial Park. This is a remarkable amount of State funding for this project, accounting for approximately 80% of its $6 million total cost.
The State funding, which makes this project a reality, is thanks to Assemblymember Marc Berman who persevered for the last few years to ensure the State budget included an allocation for Carter Park. His tireless efforts, leadership, and extraordinary diligence is greatly appreciated.
“I'm very excited that I was able to help the City of Half Moon Bay secure $4.75 million in the State budget for Carter Park, an underutilized jewel in the heart of the City that is teeming with potential. As a beautiful gathering place, children’s play area, and entertainment venue for the performing arts, residents and visitors will be able to experience the connection, joy, and creativity of a renovated Carter Park for decades to come,” said Assemblymember Berman.
This funding now allows the project to start construction by March 2022, with completion expected in late 2022. Without State funding, it is unclear when the City would have been able to fund and construct the project. By the time the City gathered the funding necessary, the project would have likely been developed in phases at a cost much higher than initial construction estimates.
“All of us in Half Moon Bay are very grateful to Assemblymember Berman for his perseverance, leadership, and steadfast commitment to the people here, as well as the many, many others on the coastside and beyond who will enjoy a much-improved destination,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Robert Brownstone. “This funding not only jump-starts this renovation; it provides the engine for us to move forward now, and bring this project to the community sooner.”
The Carter Park renovation project design and environmental review have already been completed, and with significant funding now readily available, the City is ready to move forward. Community members and visitors can look forward to an amphitheater that will accommodate music and theater events with terraced seating for up to 440 people, a new stage and backstage area, a new restroom, a concession building with a rooftop garden, new children's play area, and a picnic area.
The Half Moon Bay Parks Master Plan identified Carter Park as a site with great potential to create a more actively utilized space, through onsite improvements and enhancements. Carter Park, located near the entrance to downtown Half Moon Bay on Main Street at Stone Pine Road, has already been host to annual events such as ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ and the City’s ‘Summer’s End Music Festival.’ With these renovations, Carter Park will be an even more desirable location for those events and additional events and activities and will become a revitalized destination adding to Half Moon Bay’s appeal and sense of community.
The years-long process of developing these renovation plans included significant community input through multiple public discussions at Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council meetings, and a June 2019 community survey asking individuals what improvements and enhancements they would like to see at Carter Park.
Now, that community vision for Carter Park is very near to coming to fruition. We can all look forward to a groundbreaking event this winter, and a grand opening of the renovated and improved John L. Carter Memorial Park in the next year!