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Lincoln Park plaza, parking lot work will cost $214,394
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It’s going to be a tad more pleasant to get to the old ball game at Lincoln Park next spring.

That’s because work on rehabilitating the parking lot plus the creation of a recreation plaza wil be completed by then.

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is expected to award the project to A.M. Stephens Construction. The firm was the lowest of 11 bidders on the project that city engineers estimated would cost $265,000. A.M. Stephens bid $214,394.

When finished, Lincoln Park will feature the biggest baseball and bat in Manteca.

It’s part of a baseball plaza being created at the elbow of the Lincoln Park parking lot. The plaza will include trees, shrubs, three picnic tables, a passenger drop-off zone and a concrete sculpture of a baseball with a bat resting against it.

The baseball will be 24 inches in diameter while the bat is 78 inches length.

The work involves no general fund money. Almost all of it is from federal pass through funds aimed at improvements in low- to -moderate-income neighbors of which the Powers Tract qualifies. That is why the funds could not have been used to upgrade baseball facilities where other Little Leagues play in Manteca at Northgate Park or Brock Elliot School. Manteca Little League uses the field for their senior division games. It is also used by other teams including the Manteca High junior varsity baseball team.

The parking lot currently has deteriorating asphalt plus abandoned South San Joaquin Irrigation District standpipes that will be removed. The parking lot is being designed in such a manner that it will actually increase parking places plus provide improved access for those with disabilities.

The city has already has replaced the baseball field fencing, upgraded lighting, installed a new scoreboard and put new sod in place. That is in addition to new playground equipment installed a few years back.