Lodi’s parks are seeing the benefit of Measure L in the new fiscal year, which began July 1.
It was only a matter of days before two dangerous -- and rather large -- cottonwood trees at Emerson Park were removed, using Measure L as the project funding source. The trees threatened to drop large limbs on the nearby playgrounds and restroom.
By June of next year, Parks & Rec will be able to perform an additional $80,000 worth of pruning and removal of trees that pose a hazard to the public, thanks to voters’ approval last November of the half-cent sales tax measure and the City Council’s approval of Parks & Rec’s request. Otherwise, Parks & Rec otherwise had only $20,000 for this work.
Starting in August, Candy Cane Park will see a complete renovation, with Measure L funding a substantial portion of the work. And in early 2020, we expect to install a new child’s playground at English Oaks Park and, another playground at Beckman Park. The preliminary concept is to make the apparatus at Beckman Park more appealing to teens and adults for targeted fitness activities.