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Exclusive concession deal in works for Mistlin park complex

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POSTED July 7, 2009 1:39 a.m.


RIPON – What has become one of the popular youth sporting destinations in Northern California will soon have its own concession company.


Tonight the Ripon City Council will ponder a proposal submitted by Gary Glendenning that would make him the exclusive concessionaire to the Mistlin Sports Park – the city owned property that continues to be a massive draw for everything from soccer and baseball tournaments to family reunions.


What was once nothing more than groves of almond orchards, the site has been transformed over the last half decade into a spotless sporting Mecca that draws hundreds for big weekend soccer tournaments that bring people from throughout the Western United States – a direct factor in the construction of the La Quinta Inn just around the corner from the site that is commonly used by families spending the weekend in town. While the city was quick to jump onto the commercial bandwagon by making sure that the highway service corridor that catered to the needs of those passing by towards the park, it wasn’t until Glendenning approached the city about possessing the contract that any official concession stand – something that was always planned for the park – came to fruition.


For many commuters along Highway 99 the park is recognizable by the massive 2.5 million gallon water tower that bears the name of one of Ripon’s biggest philanthropists – who donated $500,000 just to purchase a section of land that would allow for the park to be expanded and covered the cost of the popular interactive water feature that draws hundreds during hot summer days. But that same tower was built with multiple levels able to house meeting rooms on the upper floors – complete with observation decks – as well as concession stands and bathrooms on the ground level. While the park continues to be the most heavily used in the entire community – attracting multiple-day events like the Color the Skies balloon festival as well as soccer tournaments that draw hundreds of teams from throughout the region – there still hasn’t been a standard concession provider that could add an additional source of revenue for the cash-strapped city.


The Ripon City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall – located at 259 N. Wilma Avenue. To obtain a copy of the agenda, visit the city’s website at www.cityofripon.org.


To contact Jason Campbell, e-mail jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com
or call (209) 249-3544.

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