Galt’s Walker Park and Lodi’s Tony Zupo Field Receives State Funding for Renovations and Improvements
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Member of the Assembly Budget Committee, spearheaded an effort to secure state funding to make improvements to the City of Galt’s Walker Community Park and renovations the City of Lodi’s Tony Zupo Field.
Today, Governor Newsom signed California’s 2021-2022 State Budget, which included $700,000 and $750,000 in state funding to make improvements to Walker Community Park and to rebuild Tony Zupo Field, respectively.
“During the pandemic, we witnessed how vital parks and recreation services are to our community, to our quality of life and to our health,” said Assemblymember Cooper. “I applaud my colleagues in the Legislature for recognizing the importance of parks and recreation in Assembly District 9.”
"Assemblymember Cooper continues to secure millions in state funds for our city and is the most effective Legislator Lodi has ever seen,” said Lodi City Councilmember Mikey Hothi. “I am elated that Tony Zupo Field will be rebuilt and will continue to be a staple of our community for years to come,” added Hothi.
In 2019, Cooper was also successful at securing $1.7 million dollars in State funding for Walker Park’s phase two renovation and $1 million in funding for the City of Lodi to combat erosion at Lodi Lake.
This additional funding will go towards replacing Walker Park’s artificial turf field, which serves as the primary sports complex for Galt FC Soccer, County Line Youth Soccer League, Jr. Warriors Football and Cheer, and serves as the home field for Galt and Liberty Ranch High Schools.
Funding for Lodi’s Tony Zupo Field will go towards rebuilding the park’s baseball field, dugouts, press box, and grandstands after a 2019 arson destroyed a significant portion of the nearly 100-year-old facility.
Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.