Merced City Council to consider park grant

The Merced City Council will consider applying for a grant to improve Stephen Leonard Park and a professional services agreement to design a new well at tonight’s meeting.

The city is eligible for a $719,467.50 Housing-Related Parks Program grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant does not require any matching funds from the city, according to a city press release.

Staff has recommended using the grant to improve Stephen Leonard Park by adding a skate park, splash park, restroom building, playground equipment, climbing rocks, security cameras and bike racks. The project would include benches, lights, drinking fountains, building repair and painting, sprinkler controllers, tables, trees and sidewalks.

Also, the council will consider a $470,589 agreement with Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers for well design services. The city is drilling a drinking water well on its property at Tyler Road and Mission Avenue and the firm would provide a test boring and other services, the release said.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the city’s home page at The city will add the council video to YouTube for people who cannot watch it live. These services are in addition to the live broadcast of the meeting on Comcast’s Government Channel 96.

The council agenda is posted at and is available outside the chamber prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city’s website. Cards must be turned in to the city clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.

The regular City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chamber on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.