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Feb 25

State Awards Modesto $8.5 Million for Chavez Park

Posted on February 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM by Thomas Reeves

I am so pleased to announce that our Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods department has been successful in obtaining a grant worth $8.5 million for Cesar E. Chavez Park.

In all, 478 proposals were submitted to the State for a share of the Proposition 68 Statewide Park Program Grants, and Modesto’s Chavez Park was one of only 62 projects awarded the funds.  According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, “This competitive program will create new parks and new recreation opportunities in under-served communities across California.”

“We are excited about the award of this funding for the renovation of Chavez Park,” said Laurie Smith, Modesto’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods.  “Our parks planning staff partnered with the community to develop a plan that will bring new and family-friendly activities to the park!”

The funds received as part of this grant program for Cesar E. Chavez Park will go toward constructing a new aquatic center with pool and splash pad with lighting, skate plaza with lighting, outdoor basketball court with lighting, picnic pavilion with lighting, soccer field, approximately 4,250 linear feet of walking paths with three outdoor fitness stations, event stage area, restroom, park perimeter fencing, bioswales, groundwater recharge basins, and lighting and security cameras throughout the park. 

We will also renovate the existing Maddux Youth Center by adding two new multipurpose rooms for exercise classes, and will renovate the existing landscaping and irrigation throughout the park, to include the relocation of the Cesar E. Chavez monument.

Congratulations to the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods department, but also to the community!  We’re excited to start construction by the summer of 2021 and hand over the new park by the spring of 2022.