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Park Design Plan Rreview
This shows the master plan concept for expansion at the Hogan-Ennis Park adjacent to the citys Community Center. Residents will have the chance to see the plan and make comments on it tonight, March 23, with a meeting set for 6 p.m.


The expansion plans for the Hogan-Ennis Park adjacent to the city’s Community Center have been put on paper, with the draft of the Concept Master Plan going on display tonight.

A 6 p.m. meeting set at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave., for Wednesday, March 23 will feature a representative from the Drake Haglan and Associates design firm that has prepared the plan, who will outline the proposal and be on hand to answer questions and take comments. The draft plan was developed in cooperation with O’Dell Engineering.

“We have a draft design already, it’s available on the (city) website,” said Escalon City Manager Tammy Alcantor. “The consultant will go through what is being proposed, open it up for comments or questions, to help us make sure that we can address all of them.”

More than 19 acres is being added to the existing Hogan-Ennis Park and the plan being outlined tonight includes the addition of several playing fields, including both regulation size and youth soccer fields, baseball and softball diamonds, a scorekeeper’s booth, several shade structures with barbecues and more. The long awaited skate park is included in the draft plan, as well as basketball courts, horseshoe pits and additional restrooms and more parking areas. The skate park is proposed in an area that faces Escalon-Bellota Road, north of the Escalon Feed & Supply location.

“The total is 19.2 acres and it butts up to another property, it goes from our existing park over to the golf course property line,” Alcantor said of the expansion area.

The plan will be outlined in detail at the session and the schematic drawing will also be on display so attendees can get an idea of what the park will look like once the expansion is complete.

Alcantor noted that the plan is still in the proposal stage and not yet approved; there could still be some changes before it goes to the full Escalon City Council for adoption.

“We will have some comment cards there,” added Alcantor, explaining that they want to hear from residents what they do or don’t like about the proposal.

All comments will be taken into consideration when the plan goes back to the consultant for review and possible revision.

Meanwhile, members of the council gathered for a regular session on Monday night, March 21, in a meeting that was complete in less than an hour. A light agenda saw the council quickly address business.

An update on the work at the Daniels sewer lift station from Alcantor indicated that the work should be complete by the end of this week, however the temporary fencing blocking off the lift station near the area at First and Daniels will stay up until sometime next week.

“They are going to keep the fencing up over the weekend while they do the testing and make sure the system is working properly before they take it down,” Alcantor said.