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Work on $515,425 in upgrades done at Generations Center
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The Lathrop Generations Center

The Lathrop Generations Center – which already has a library, teen center, skate park, and amphitheater – is about to become even more popular.

On Monday, the Lathrop City Council formally accepted the upgrades carried out by Tayler Backhoe Service that included concrete walkways, lighting, landscaping, upgrades to existing park equipment, a shade structure, picnic areas with tables, benches, BBQ, and two pickleball courts – a $515,453.55 project that will attract even more people to enjoy the state-of-the-art amenities.

When coupled with the adjacent Leland and Jane Stanford Park – named after the railroad baron and his wife, the former Jane Lathrop – the facility will become a destination not just for Lathrop families that live in the Stanford Crossing area, but from throughout the area.

With the council’s unanimous approval, the city will now file a notice of completion with the San Joaquin County Clerk and will release the contract retention amount of $25,772.69 within 45 days of the formal recording of the notice of completion. The performance and payment bonds will also be released to Taylor Backhoe Service for the conclusion of the work.

While public gatherings had largely downsized over the last two years because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city has traditionally used the Lathrop Generations Center for large community events such as the celebration of the city’s incorporation – known as Lathrop’s birthday, on July 1.

During the pandemic the city’s parks and recreation staffers had to find creative ways to provide opportunities for residents that weren’t able to gather in person – which made keeping events like National Night Out, which shifted in 2020 to a sidewalk chalk drive-by event to build community camaraderie, alive difficult.

Formals plans for upcoming major events have not yet been announced, but the city is planning on returning the annual Lathrop Days celebration to the Lathrop Generations Center this year.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.