Following a series of community meetings and online polls that attracted more than 700 responses, the City Council on July 17 approved a new master plan for DeBenedetti Park.
The new plan recognizes DeBenedetti Park’s role in providing space for organized sports, as well as the need of the surrounding residents for neighborhood park amenities.
Fully developing the park will cost an estimated $14 million, with improvements phased over time. The first phase includes expanding the infrastructure needed to support the park’s uses, including additional parking off Century Boulevard and restrooms, with neighborhood park amenities to follow. Parks & Rec plans to develop construction plans for the first two phases later in 2019, with timing of the actual construction depending on the rate of impact fees paid by developers for future housing and commercial projects.
The overall plan calls for walking/jogging trails throughout the park, picnic areas, sports field lighting, a basketball court, one soccer and one baseball/softball field, an area for outdoor games like bocce and horseshoes, picnic areas, a band shell and other amenities not typically found in other Lodi parks.