The city of Ventura received backing for a $127,151 grant to help restore Marina Park, a popular seaside playground and picnic spot that in recent years has suffered from storm damage and sea erosion.
The Marina Park grant, one of 16 in California in the 1989-90 allocation from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, must be presented to the National Park Service for final approval. It got preliminary approval from the state Parks and Recreation Department.
Marina Park is on Pierpont Bay just north of the Ventura Marina at the southern tip of San Buenaventura State Beach. Its main attraction for the dozens of children who visit every day is an old pirate ship marooned on a sandlot.
The grant would be used to repair walkways, replace security lights, restore dunes and do minor landscaping, said Rose Mary Bauer of the city Parks and Recreation Department.
"The grant will help us complete the park restoration project we began two years ago," Bauer said. The city also allocated $258,400 of its own funds for improvements to Marina Park.