The City of Merced is applying for a Proposition 68 grant to create a park and needs lots of community participation to make it succeed. A series of community meetings will be held to get the public’s help in selecting the park site and in designing the park.
Three sites in North Merced have been selected for the new park because it has a large population with no parks within a close distance to the residents. The sites under consideration are:
• Charles Ogletree site, 250 Mandeville Lane at Hutchinson Lane
• Fahrens Creek site, 4325 Freemark Ave at Heitz Way
• Lester K. Yoshida site, 4355 Bixby Way at Revelle Drive
Community meetings are scheduled to be held to collect comments about the sites and ask what kind of features people would like to have in their neighborhood park. The meetings are intentionally scheduled at the proposed park sites to be close to the affected neighborhoods. Proposition 68 is intended to allow the public a strong voice in creating a park that they want. Comments will be collected at two other events to broaden the community engagement.
In addition to the meetings, a survey is available online to select the site and park features.
The community meetings will be held:
• July 8, 6 p.m., Ogletree Site
• July 9, 6 p.m., Fahrens Creek Site
• July 10, 6 p.m., Yoshida Site
• July 11, 6 p.m., Civic Center, 678 W 18th
• July 12, 7 p.m., El Cap High, 100 Farmland
The City Council will vote to accept the grant at its July 15 meeting.