City Council plans to apply for funding to build a new park after completing extensive public outreach
WOODLAKE – Residents of Woodlake have been asking for a new public park, and they are one step closer to getting one. The city will apply for Proposition 68 funding to help build it, and they’ve consulted with the community to determine what features they would like to see.
Proposition 68, a $4 billion “Parks, Environment, and Water Bond Act of 2018,” grant funding is available to local jurisdictions. Woodlake city staff plans to apply for this funding in December, but they were first required to conduct extensive public outreach. As a result, the city held public meetings on Zoom, conducted online polls, met with community partners, and coordinated with schools.
“We sent a flyer to every resident in town to get their input, and school teachers have created assignments for students to draw up what their perfect park would be,” community services director Jason Waters said.
This resulted in hundreds of comments, suggestions, and requests about what residents would like to see in the potential new park.
The recurring requests from residents included trails/walking areas, a dog park, skate/BMX park, exercise equipment, gardens/natural landscaping, and sports fields.
A popular location that was recommended was the west side of town, where the city already owns land. A possible location for the park that could provide the requested amenities would be between Naranjo Boulevard and Wutchumna Avenue along Mulberry Street.
These are all ideas that were presented to the board at their Oct. 12 meeting, and nothing has been finalized. The city will continue to conduct public outreach through mid-November and then will gather estimates so they can apply for funding.