Water District Donates Land for Park Expansion

By on January 5, 2021

Westlands Water District has announced the donation of 4.61 acres of land to the City of Mendota for the planned Rojas Pierce Park Expansion. The land will support Phase 2 of the expansion which will include two soccer fields, an additional restroom and concession building, and sports field lighting, as well as additional parking.

“Having safe, open spaces for families and community members to enjoy is critically important to improving quality of life, and Westlands is pleased to support the City of Mendota’s effort to expand and improve Rojas Pierce Park,” said Tom Birmingham, general manager of Westlands. “Supporting and investing in west side communities is central to Westlands’ mission, and we are proud to partner with the City on this important project.”

The City of Mendota has worked to expand and improve Rojas Pierce Park since 2006. In 2008, Westlands donated 10 acres to the City to support the first phase of the park’s renovation and expansion, which involved demolishing most of the existing facilities and rebuilding, including; new landscaping, a concert pavilion, a splash park, two jungle-gym play areas, a temporary skate park, three basketball courts, a permanent concession stand, restrooms, and an emergency/maintenance access road. The land previously donated by Westlands has become a new adult softball/youth baseball diamond with covered bleachers and a new adult play soccer field. In addition to the new sports fields, the future phase of the park’s expansion will also include installing new shade structures, planting new trees and improving surrounding streets.

“This project advances the City of Mendota’s vision to provide high-quality, easily-accessible recreational opportunities for residents and surrounding communities,” said Cristian Gonzalez, City Manager for the City of Mendota. “We’re grateful for Westlands’ continued partnership in achieving these goals, and we look forward to the project’s full approval and construction.”

The original 12-acre Rojas-Pierce Park site was built in 1973 at the intersection of Smoot Street and Sorensen Avenue in Mendota.