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Huntington proposes $52.1 million for roads, parks, beaches

The Huntington Beach City Council focused on projects to improve the city's roads, parks and beaches as it continued discussions of the city's proposed 2014-15 budget during a study session Monday.

City administrators expect to be working with a $52.1 million budget for the capital improvement program, which pays for infrastructure projects, city engineer Tom Herbel said.

About $18.9 million will come from grants and donations and about $6.3 million from the city's general fund, Herbel said. State, county and other city sources will make up the rest.

Of the $22.5 million appropriated to park and beach projects, $19.5 million is allocated for the long-awaited senior center at Central Park. The center is expected to feature a large multipurpose room, classrooms and rooms for exercising, computer training and games, Herbel said.

Construction of the facility will cost about $16.8 million, while the cost of furniture and equipment is estimated at $500,000. Herbel said the building will have an environmentally friendly design and be LEED-certified for energy-efficiency.

Also included in the proposed budget is $1.3 million for the reconstruction of Worthy Park, including demolition of the racquetball courts to make way for additional field space. The city also is looking to add courts for pickleball, a combination of tennis and ping-pong.

The city will look to spend about $9.1 million for street and transportation projects. About $3.3 million will go toward rehabilitation of Indianapolis Avenue between Magnolia and Brookhurst streets, Lake Street between Indianapolis and Adams avenues and Main Street between Yorktown and Garfield avenues, Herbel said.

Herbel said about half of Huntington Beach's arterial roadways, not including residential streets, are in good condition.

The city lists about $58 million in unfunded capital improvement projects, including about $15 million for storm drain pump stations and about $5 million for park equipment upgrades, Herbel said. About $36 million is estimated for future street improvements.

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