Woodward Community Park is a neighborhood located in Manteca, California. Woodward Park mostly features large, competitively priced homes. This is a well-established community that dates back to 1999 and was completed around 2002.
It took only one George Washington to purchase 52 acres of almond orchards from the City of Manteca, which eventually became Woodward Park. A community park that's all from a major regional soccer complex and ground zero to the West Coast 's largest Memorial Day weekend commemoration to a popular jogging.
A year after Woodward Park was completed, the city opened its second community park — a 30-acre Big League Dreams sports complex that generated funds to make additional improvements to Woodward Park through a 35-year private sector lease agreement.
At the time of the dedication of Woodward Park — Willie Weatherford — the mayor credited former councilor Jack Snyder and the Manteca-based development team led by Mike Atherton to make Woodward Park possible. Weatherford also described Woodward Park as "the crown jewel" of the Manteca Park system.
Snyder and Atherton agreed on a vision for a community park and then made a dollar deal almost 25 years ago for land valued at that time in excess of $750,000. In addition, Atherton made another unorthodox move — he insisted that Atherton Homes pay the prevailing park development fee when the firm built homes on the surrounding land. The gesture was unheard of, as developers usually want to be credited against park fees for the value of the land they set aside for parks.
Atherton noted in an interview a few years ago that the city lacked funds to develop the community park as planned. He even went a step further with his company paying for periodic weed abatement for the 52 acres that were then owned but not developed by the city.
Today — because of the rapidly draining sandy loam soil and light playgrounds, as well as the central location of Manteca to the Bay Area and Sacramento — Woodward Park has become a center for regional and state soccer tournaments as well as hosting the Manteca Leagues.
It has two playground areas, one of which features Manteca 's tallest slide at 30 feet. There is a covered picnic area, an outdoor exercise facility, a bathroom and two parking lots.
Ten years ago, there was talk of eventually building tennis courts near Woodward Avenue entrance and either an amphitheater, youth baseball fields with lighting and concessions / restrooms, or both in the park's 10-acre storm retention basin.
This amazing place is located near the following attractions in Manteca, California:
Caswell Memorial State Park
Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple
San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge
Stockton Field Aviation Museum
Gnekow Family Winery
Manteca Historical Society
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