LIVINGSTON -- The Walnut Sports Complex is taking shape, and city officials are ushering in more construction in the coming months.
A metal-covered picnic shelter, restrooms, metal trellises, sidewalks, utilities and drainage will be the latest additions to the complex, which sits at Dwight Way and Walnut Avenue.
The work is expected to be completed in a couple of months if the weather stays favorable.
The cost for the work totals $628,000, with $160,500 coming from a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant, according to city records.
The construction contract was awarded to Turlock-based Harris Builders Inc. during Tuesday's meeting of the City Council.
Vickie Lewis, Livingston's assistant city manager and finance director, said the sports complex is an open-ended project that keeps growing as funding becomes available.
"The complex is happening through grants," she said.
The city would like to finish the project all at once, but it has to be done in phases because money is tight, said Councilman Gurpal Samra. "If you look at the master plan for that park, this is just another piece of the puzzle," he said.
Although many topics prove to be divisive in Livingston, the Walnut Sports Complex is one project that all recent city officials have been able to stand behind, Samra said.
"I'm committed," he said. "I know this council and the entire city staff are committed to this project. It's one team on this one."
Much of the work on the sports complex started five years ago, but the 25.5-acre park was built back in 1998, Samra's first year on the council.
Samra said improving parks is a quintessential way to improve the city's overall image and, it's hoped, help draw in business.
City leaders aren't focusing on improving just the sports complex.
The city recently applied for a grant for Arkelian Park, Samra said.
As more local money becomes available, said officials, Livingston will be able to better match future state grants.
Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or email@example.com.