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Pittsburg approves application for CDBG funds to improve urban connectivity

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It's about urban activity.  

"To be able to have trail systems to actively walk, bike, use motorized scooters," said Kim Vogel, director of Pittsburg parks and recreation. 

This is why the Pittsburg Active Transportation Advisory Board is seeking a Community Development Grant Block.

The funds would go toward enhancing the trails and sidewalks  along 4th Street between Schlanger Park and Water street, also known as the "east west connector." This would give people the ability to travel between the east and west sides of town  without having to enter vehicle traffic.

"Anybody that has a disability that need to get around with scooters, site issues, to be able to get them off the streets and onto to nice trails is our goal."

The funds will also go toward establishing a public restroom in downtown Pittsburg, at 11th and Broadway, near the farmers' market.

"We are really excited if something like that can happen because our building, our pavilion as it is, doesn't have permanent restrooms," said Jill Campbell, director of the Pittsburg Farmers' Market.  

Farmers market director Jill Campbell says having an accessible restroom along the trails, as well as more walking and biking routes, will entice more residents to come out-- and stay out.

"Healthy choices and healthy lives and what we can do to make our other citizens here feel healthy and feel connected."

The total cost of the project is $385,000.

On Tuesday, city commissioners approved the  application for a $350,00 grant, of which the city would match 10 percent. If approved, the city would receive the funds in July.  

The funding would also help enhance the parking lot at Schlanger Park.

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