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Citizens give input on what they want for rec facilities
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Lana McBroom makes her selection of the suggested projects at Tuesday night’s workshop. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

Citizens Tuesday provided input on what they’d like to see in an aquatics center, community center, gym and additional sports field that are being considered for Manteca during a workshop Tuesday.

It is the first of two workshops being staged to help put together a feasibility study and concept plans for the proposed amenities. The next workshop is Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It will also take place at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.

More than 20 residents attended the event Tuesday hosted by the LPA of Sacramento to determine the preliminary facility programming priorities of possible sports projects.  Four city council members were in attendance after the end of their city council session at city hall.  

According to its website, LPA, of Sacramento, is one of the largest integrated design firms in California and Texas providing architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering and graphic/signage services from early program development to project closeouts. 

Four potential project categories were shown to the audience through a series of color photographs that were put up on the wall.  Those in attendance were given green and red adhesive backed dots that they placed on the photographs representing their interest for the future centers. 

The four areas being promoted included a community center, aquatics, field sports and a gymnasium. The red dots were limited to one per person and were used only on their number one choice in a sports facility to be built possibly on city-owned parcels of 10 and 35 acres. 

The small group was called up to the wall of photographs for each of the categories and asked to place their dots on the sports of their choice, with representatives adding that the council would see the results at its next council meeting on Jan. 15 plus be provided possible locations.  

A feasibility review is slated for Feb. 19 and a community workshop will be held March 19 at the senior center.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email