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Lincoln park getting new picnic shelter
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Lincoln Park’s makeover is continuing.   

The City of Manteca intends to use $200,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to upgrade the park’s picnic area.

Another $74,383 will go to improve city-owned downtown parking lots. In addition $24,000 will pay to upgrade bathroom sinks and the water fountain at the Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop to meet current American with Disabilities Act standards.

The balance of the 2014-15 funds will go to community non-profits.

The federal funds must be used to either fight blight or help low-to moderate-income persons.

The Lincoln Park project includes removing the old and damaged shade structure and picnic area. It will be replaced with a new shade structure and picnic area. The work will also make the picnic area ADA compliant.

During the past several years the city has replaced playground equipment and upgraded the Lincoln Park baseball field. That is in addition to installing a new wheelchair lift at the Lincoln Park swimming pool.

The $74,383 in CDBG funds will be combined with other money to undertake what staff is calling “a comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade of parking in the downtown area.”

The Boys & Girls Club, while built with private funds, sits on city-owned property. In the event the club ever closes, it would revert to city ownership.

The City Council is providing CDBG grants of $4,965 each to the Women’s Center, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Senior Brown Bag and Youth Food for Thought that benefits 13,850 Manteca area residents, LOVE INC to help 160 at-risk Manteca residents with municipal utilities, HOPE Ministries for family shelter expenses, the Meals on Wheels endeavor helping 43 Manteca residents, Give Every Child  a Chance free tutoring, the Friday Unity in the neighborhood Club’s summer program for youth, the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living, and scholarships for moderate- and low-income families to access Manteca Parks and Recreation programs.