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Public meeting Saturday on improvements to Merced's McNamara Park

The city of Merced Department of Parks and Community Services said it’s holding a community workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St.

The workshop is to gather ideas about the city’s grant proposal to improve McNamara Park. Participants will vote on whether Merced should request more picnic areas for McNamara Park, a new soccer field, a “splash park” near the pool, more playground equipment, an additional basketball court or other features.

The State Department of Parks and Recreation will award grants for new recreational activities in critically underserved and low-income communities in California, a city news release said.

More than 45 percent of the residents near McNamara Park live in poverty. The state requires that community members be given an opportunity to choose the grant-funded recreation projects, the news release said.

McNamara Park covers 8.7 acres at 1040 Canal Street in South Merced. For further information on the workshop, contact Jake Meneley with the city Department of Parks and Community Services at (209) 385-6855.



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