Congressman Pete Aguilar was joined by San Bernardino city leaders and community members on January 23 to announce $1.4 million in funding from the recently approved Federal budget to renovate the historic Franklin D. Roosevelt Bowl at Perris Hill Park.
“It is my privilege to announce that I secured $1,400,000 in Community Project Funds to restore this historic venue,” said Rep. Aguilar, who represents much of the City of San Bernardino. “I will always prioritize our community and our economic growth, and I’m looking forward to working closely with our local government officials to secure more funding for San Bernardino.”
In 2022, the San Bernardino Mayor and Council committed $600,000 to begin the renovation of the Bowl. The $1.4 million in Federal funds will enable the City to complete the restoration.
“For 90 years, the Roosevelt Bowl has been a treasured venue that has brought musical performances, plays, and cultural events to the residents of San Bernardino,” said Mayor Helen Tran. “Thanks to the work of Congressman Aguilar, we will be able to restore, renovate, and upgrade the historic Bowl for generations to enjoy.”
The 1,800-seat Roosevelt Bowl was built and dedicated in 1934 as part of the depression era Federal Work Progress Administration (W.P.A.). For many years, the outdoor amphitheater was a featured gathering place in San Bernardino for musical, artistic, and cultural performances, civic events, and graduations.
“San Bernardino residents have been patiently waiting for us to bring back the activities the Bowl used to host,” said Second Ward Council Member Sandra Ibarra. “Thank you, Congressman Aguilar. On behalf of everyone who misses the Roosevelt Bowl, you are helping to bring it back.”
Improvements will include the renovation of the main building, concession stand, and bathrooms; upgrading the facility to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act; concrete and electrical work; restoration of the access trail; upgrades to lighting and sound systems; the installation of fencing; and restoration of landscaping and irrigation.
While the renovations are expected to take approximately one year to complete, San Bernardino plans on bringing back a summer concert series at the Bowl in June.