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Standard Park gets facility upgrades

    Standard Park has been closed since Monday due to upgrades on the 33-year old facility. All recreation was put on hold and the softball leagues had their season delayed by one week.
    Tuolumne County Recreation Supervisor Mike Chappell hopes to resume playing on the fields Tuesday. The softball leagues would also pick up right where they left off on their schedule (Week 3).   
    “The last thing we wanted to do was to shut down the park,” said Chappell, “but we had to in order to make the facility safer and minimize the risk for children.”
    Construction crews have been on the grounds all week to install footings for new shade structures as well as various other improvements.
    The shade structures will protect the childrens’ play area and also supply much-needed relief to the sun-soaked facility.
    The Capital Improvement Project is a result of Proposition 40 which was passed by California voters in March of 2002. Prop 40 dedicated $2.6 billion to be administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
    “When people come back next week, they’ll see some big poles sticking out of the ground,” said Chappell. “We may still have a little mess, but we’re working hard to make much-needed improvements.”

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