The City has applied for nearly $5 million in State funding for the Hale Park Community Heritage Project in an effort to make Lodi’s park more of a focus of community life in the city’s Heritage District.
Hale Park, named after the City’s second mayor, dates to the 1870s, when it was known as “Wardrobe Grove.” The proposed project includes new playgrounds, new fencing, undergrounding overhead utility lines, and pathways that lead to a gazebo-like structure that will be the focal point of the park for public events. The proposal is based on recommendations from the dozens of community members who voiced their preferences at five public outreach meetings held at the park in May and June.
In addition, the project application includes future cooperation between the City and the Lodi Historical Society to use the park as a way to outline the park’s history and to document the history and role of various immigrant communities that have come to Lodi over the past 150 years.
Parks & Rec expects to hear by the end of the year if the application is successful. Funding would be through Proposition 68, a water and parks bond the State’s voters passed in June 2018.