City to Hold Groundbreaking for Mary E. Grogan Community Park

by Chris Smith on May 3, 2012

The City of Modesto will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction of the Mary E. Grogan Community Park on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m., at the northwest corner of the intersection of Sylvan Avenue and Litt Road just east of James C. Enochs High School.

A construction contract for the 42-acre community park was awarded to Goodland Landscape Construction, Inc. of Tracy, CA for $7,915,100. The construction of the initial phase will develop three (3) synthetic turf soccer fields, a natural turf area sized to accommodate four (4) full-size soccer fields, sports field lighting for all fields, a 500 stall parking lot, a concession stand, a restroom facility a small office building and an agricultural well for irrigation. In addition, the usual park site amenities will include drinking fountains, park benches, picnic tables, entry trellis, signage, underground utilities, concrete flatwork, perimeter fencing, a pedestrian pathway, trash receptacles and site security lighting.

The city is collaborating with the Modesto Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) to provide funding for the annual maintenance so that the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Departments maintenance costs are not increased due to the development of this park. In addition, staff is creating a fund development plan to support MYSAs goal of funding annual maintenance of the park. Included in the fund development plan are opportunities for field and facility sponsorships, on-field advertising, donation recognition plaques and annual giving opportunities.

Funding for the construction is provided through City of Modesto Parks Capital Facility Fees, Village One Community Facility District Tax and Parks Fund. The ceremony will include comments from Mayor Garrad Marsh; city staff; Michael Coats, James C. Enochs High School Principal and Frank Cousineau, Chairman of the Board, MYSA.

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