Lodi’s smallest park is getting scraped to the ground (except for one tree) and rebuilt to address outdated and missing playground equipment and meet new regulations to allow disabled persons to access the park.
Candy Cane Park, just west of Ham Lane at Holly and Gerard drives, is 1/10thof an acre. Construction is expected to begin in August and includes replacing some of the surrounding sidewalks and new curbing to allow wheelchair access. Inside the park, the larger play area requires new walkways and modified irrigation due to changing hardscape.
The project will cost an estimated $350,000, with funding coming from Parks and Recreation funds, Measure L and the Street fund.
Parks Division staff developed plans to renovate the park in early 2016, but the estimated cost – which included required street and storm drain modifications required by the Americans With Disabilities Act -- exceeded available funding at the time. Candy Cane Park was identified as the department’s top project in 2016, and the Parks and Recreation Commission affirmed that selection in February 2019, three months after Lodi voters approved Measure L.