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Lathrop may add another park in Mossdale area

Mossdale Landing Community Park has already become one of the Lathrop’s destinations for residents across the city that want to take advantage of the open space.

But could another community park be just around the corner?

Last month the Lathrop City Council agreed to fund the initial design work for the Mossdale South Neighborhood Park – the last in a series of parks originally envisioned as part of the West Lathrop Specific Plan.

Located at the corner of Inland Passage and Golden Spike Trail, the 4-acre site was intended to include a covered picnic area with barbecue, landscaped walking paths, an open turf area with trees and a play structure for both toddlers and larger children. An option also existed for half-court basketball.

According to the staff report, the total cost to construct the park would be somewhere between $500,000 and $700,000, with the necessary funding already available in the Culture and Leisure Capital Facility Fee Fund.

The council’s approval will allow staff to spend up to $20,000 for the creation of the design options for the location which are necessary before staff is able to solicit a formal bid for the project. Once construction contracts are drawn up, the Lathrop City Council would get the opportunity to review the existing plans and the contracts before agreeing to spend the money necessary to bring the long-planned park to fruition.

The Mossdale South proposal was the third Capital Improvement Project involving parks that was discussed by the council last month. In addition to a number of upgrades to the city’s most heavily-used parks, a city-wide park improvement CIP was also discussed and approved by the council – ensuring that the city’s existing parks have what they need to cater to the demands of the growing community.

If realized and constructed, maintenance for the new park would cost the City of Lathrop an estimated $12,000 annually, which would be subsidized by general fund reserves.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.