|Two new structures will provide much needed shade for two playgrounds at Avenal Rice Park. Through a partnership between the City of Avenal and Self-Help Enterprises, the organization secured a $25,000 Wonderful Community Grant for the shade structures.
These park improvements will increase citizen participation at community events and will create a safe and healthy place for children and families to play and exercise, especially during the hottest months when playground equipment may have been too hot for use previously.
Rice Park is also the city's most used park by children and families, and is the city's primary location for community gatherings such as the Kids Day Superhero Carnival, Easter Extravaganza, and Day of the Family.
The City of Avenal has been an important partner of Self-Help Enterprises for many years. In addition to park improvements, the partnership has resulted in increased affordable housing through the organization's Homebuyer and Housing Rehabilitation programs as well the Mutual Self-Help Housing program.