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Live Oak Park, Fallbrook Youth Baseball receive county funds

The allocation of $323,124 of District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds May 19 included $30,000 for the Fallbrook Community Youth Baseball Council and $21,000 for the Live Oak Park amphitheater.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote ratified the recommendation of Supervisor Bill Horn to allocate a portion of his Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget. Each county supervisor has a discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels.

In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors can fund schools and fire departments and program money can also be used to supplement other county funding for specific county projects. Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the Board of Supervisors.

Live Oak Park, which is owned by the County of San Diego and maintained by the non-profit Live Oak Park Coalition, has an estimated 40,000 visitors annually. The new amphitheater will allow various organizations to host educational and music programs and will also provide a venue for parties and weddings.

The amphitheater, which will be the only public amphitheater within the Greater Fallbrook area, will seat 80 people while a grassy area will allow for additional seating or standing capacity. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding will help cover the costs to construct the amphitheater.

The Fallbrook Community Youth Baseball Council seeks to provide athletic opportunity and education for all youth in Greater Fallbrook. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation will help pay for field improvements, constructing a bathroom, a gate and fencing, new flooring for the snack shack, sports equipment and supplies, uniforms, tournament fees, a golf cart, a defibrillator machine and a first aid kit.

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