Parks and Recreation has requested State funding for more than $11 million in projects to benefit Blakely Park, Hale Park and Lodi Lake Park as part of Proposition 68 grant programs.Parks and Rec requested more than $5.4 million to expand the aquatics facilities at Blakely Park, plus construct a parking lot and picnic shelter. The proposed aquatics improvements include a splash pad and new swimming pool designed especially for beginning swimmers. Other proposed features include expanded dressing rooms, new fencing and expanded equipment rooms.Hale Park’s proposed improvements include two new playgrounds, a 35-foot diameter gazebo and surrounding plaza that will serve as a center for community activities. In addition, the grant requests funds placing the overhead power lines underground, improving safety and park aesthetics, and funding for fencing to improve safety for a turfed play area. Improved lighting and security cameras are a part of the more than $4.4 million request. If the grant request is awarded, Parks and Rec will work with the Lodi Historical Society on developing a self-guided tour illustrating the history of Lodi and Hale Park, the city’s oldest park.More than $1 million was requested through another grant program to construct a riverfront trail at Lodi Lake Park, connecting the Nature Area to the boat launch area. This proposed project will allow pedestrians to walk along the riverfront, separated from vehicles. If awarded, Parks and Rec will likely perform the construction at the same time a State-funded erosion-control project is underway, scheduled for early 2021.Our success in securing the grants won’t be known until spring of 2020. If Lodi is awarded any funding, the projects must be completed by early 2022.