Library Park

320 W Center St Manteca CA 95336


Library Park, one of the oldest parks in the city and the center of many neighborhood events, is expected to be renovated for $855,000 in the coming year–including a pool where kids can play. Residents of Manteca hear a lot about new parks built in sprouting subdivisions as well as the edges of the city’s Big League Dreams Sports Complex. Yet Library Park downtown is a  sentimental favorite. The wooden gazebo acts as a remembrance place for speakers. Farmers set up shop along the grassy fringes of the park on Tuesday nights. During the recent budget meetings with city officials, the City Council made Library Park a priority. Exactly what improvements are going to be made or how the fountain will look is still unknown. But the plan includes almost doubling the size of the1-acre property by ripping out part of Poplar Avenue and buying from nearby Verizon Wireless a small piece of land.


As a kid, councilman John Harris used to play softball on a baseball diamond that once occupied the now named Library Park which is considered as a triangular oasis. The money comes from fees paid by developers searching for lucrative sewer connections. Collecting these fees into a special fund-also known as “bonus bucks”-allows city officials to determine where upgrades are most needed, rather than depending on developers to do the projects themselves.


The city is working on a master plan for its parks to determine what work should be done. In addition to Library Park, the budget the council approved last week earmarks more than $1.7million for other park improvements, including:

  • Asphalt work to extend the life of the Tidewater Bikeway.
  • Installation of sports-field lighting at Woodward Park in south Manteca.
  • Playground renovations, paving, lighting and walkways at Sequoia Park.
  • Construction or park irrigation wells in four locations.

The town supervises 275 acres of parks and the golf course and library. Parks and recreation make up just over 10% of the general budget of the city. Library Park dates back to at least the 1930s when the field was designed with the aid of a softball enthusiast who worked at the local post office.


It was from the old City Hall across the street and was simply known as the City Park. Located inside the park in the early 1960s, the Manteca Branch Library apparently prompted the change of name, historian Ken Hafer said. “It really was the people’s park,” Hafer said. Manteca resident Connie Wilkins loves to read, so it’s little wonder she was sitting in Library Park under a tree enjoying a Monday afternoon book. Overall, The Library Park in Manteca is a great area for the kids to have fun and  it gives a good amount of time to look for books for them.

This amazing park is located in Manteca California, and also only a short distance away from:


  1. Big League Dreams Sport Park
    1077 Milo Candini Dr Manteca CA 95337
  2. BMX Track
    941 Spreckels Ave Manteca CA 95336
  3. Center St Tennis Courts
    311 W Center St Manteca CA 95336
  4. Civic Center
    1001 W Center St Manteca CA 95337
  5. Lincoln Park and Pool
    245 S Powers Ave Manteca CA 95336
  6. Manteca Park Golf Course
    305 N Union Rd Manteca CA 95337
  7. Manteca Tennis Center
    307 N Union Rd Manteca CA 95337
  8. Morenzone Ballfield
    1323 W Center St Manteca CA 95337
  9. Northgate Park
    1750 Hoyt Ln Manteca CA 95336


After visiting these amazing places make sure to stop by Remote Fill Systems on Murphy Parkway and say “Hi!”