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Workshop zeroes in on pool, gym community center, playing field
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A future bond election to finance recreational facilities could be shaped by community input at an upcoming interactive workshop.

The workshop takes place Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.

Community input is being sought on three potential projects — an aquatics center, gym/community center, and a sports park.

If possible you are asked to RSVP by going to Free refreshments will be served.

Manteca has developed a wish list for parks and recreation amenities.

Now it’s going to find out just how much it will cost.

The City Council in October retained the services of LPA to develop feasibilities studies and conceptual site plans the three possible undertakings. Those are the top three wants that were identified in the city’s first Parks & Recreation Master Plan adopted in 2017.

The cost for the more specific study in terms of possible location, facility size, and costs is $185,000. It is being paid for from fees collected on new growth for park facilities.

At least three members of the previous council on an individual basis made it clear they wanted a concerted effort made to find joint projects with the Manteca Unified School District that the city could pursue to keep costs down. High on that list is a swimming/aquatics center. The current council has not given an indication either way either individually or collectively.

Manteca Unified has decided to remove its oldest pool in the district at the 99-year-old Manteca High campus to accommodate a new gym that will handle 2,200 students — the design capacity the current campus of 1,600 plus students is being reconfigured to house to accommodate growth.

The city’s own aging 55-year-old swimming pool at Lincoln Park is just two blocks away.

The $45 million price tag was the estimated cost of the three projects in 2016.

Since then construction costs have been rising at a robust 5 to 8 percent a year. The end result is whatever dollars the city can generate from growth fees and a possible bond will not go as far as they would have three years ago.

Manteca Unified is facing he same challenge with soaring construction costs cutting into what they can do in terms of building new facilities.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email