Park Projects and Improvements
Here’s where you’ll find regular updates on work taking place in Lodi’s parks, such as construction, equipment replacement or upgrades, or major maintenance projects.
Blakely Park Pool: Construction began Dec. 17 on a project to replace the deck and plaster at Enze Pool, and install new starting blocks for the competitive summer swim program. The project was needed to extend the life of the pool and make it accessible to disabled visitors. Funding comes through the Community Development Block Grant, a federal program designed to help low-income neighborhoods and persons. Cost: $411,500.
Kofu Park Tennis Court Resurfacing: On March 20, 2019, the City Council is scheduled to approve the plans and specifications for this project in February. This project will result in a new acrylic, non-skid surface on the five tennis courts; plus plans to restripe two tennis courts at Legion Park and install six fixed pickleball nets, leaving two remaining tennis courts.
Emerson Park drinking fountain replacement: New fountains will be installed in spring of 2019.
Emerson and Legion Parks picnic shelter renovations: Rotting timbers will be replaced and the remaining ones pressure washed and resealed. Cost unknown at present.
Later in 2019
Candy Cane Park: The City Council approved the plans and specifications for park renovations on March 6. Bid award is scheduled for late April or early May, with construction commencing in summer. The project includes a new playground, walkways and irrigation.
Down the Road
Blakely Park sports fields renovations: The City was awarded an $882,340 State grant to renovate the ball fields on the north side of the park, and construct a new basketball court. Work is anticipated to begin in spring 2020.
Lodi Lake Nature Area entry improvements: The City was awarded a $250,000 State grant to renovate the amphitheater, expand the stage, construct a stage cover and construct wheelchair accessible walkways to the amphitheater to enhance education about the environment in the 58-acre Nature Area.
Lodi Lake Park riverbank stabilization: The City received a $1 million State grant to design and construct improvements that will protect the park from further river erosion. Lengthy environmental studies and permitting requirements will likely result in this project being constructed in 2021.
Legion Park basketball improvements: New standards, backboards and hoops were installed in March 2018.
Scoreboard improvements: New scoreboards were installed at the Softball Complex, including Chapman Field, and Kofu Park in February 2018.
Emerson Park paver replacement: Pavers uprooted by a tree were replaced by stamped concrete to match the remaining pavers in June 2018.
Henry Glaves Park playground improvements: This $150,000 project consisted of removing the remaining play structures and installing new playground equipment and wheelchair access to the play area. The project was completed in August 2018.
Poured-in-Place playground surface: This $73,000 project was completed in April 2018, consisting of repairing damaged rubberized playground surfacing at four park playgrounds.
Emerson Park tot lot: Thanks to the Lodi Lions Club, which donated labor and a new tot playground structure to replace the one removed in January 2017 for unsafe conditions. The project was completed in November 2018.