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Playground work for Quail Ridge, Giles parks
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It’s been more than a decade since kids living near Quail Ridge Park have had access to playground equipment due to an arson fire.

That won’t be the case when summer rolls around this year.

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is expected to authorize staff to move forward with playground projects at both Quail Ridge Park and Giles Memorial Park at a cost of $50,000. The projects are being paid for with park fees assessed on growth as well as capital improvement project funding.

Giles Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club on Alameda Street. The improvements at that park will include the removal of old playground equipment and then replacing it with new equipment, installing a handicap access ramp into the play pit, concrete walk, seating areas, benches, and table.

Quail Ridge is located on Mission Ridge Drive less than a quarter of a mile east of Union Road and backs up to the Highway 120 Bypass.

Quail Ridge work includes the installation of playground equipment in play pits, benches, and a table.

The establishment of new safety standards in 2000 by the State of California and Consumer Product Safety Commission prompted the City of Manteca to evaluate all of the playgrounds.

Since July 2000, the city has renovated 10 playgrounds at a cost of more than $2.3 million.

The City Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.