The California state budget, signed into law on July 12, allocates $700,000 to replace the artificial turf on one of the fields at Walker Community Park.

In a release, Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)’s office said the legislator had “spearheaded the effort” to add the funds.

“During the pandemic, we witnessed how vital parks and recreation services are to our community, to our quality of life and to our health,” Cooper said in the release.

The artificial-turf field at Walker Park is designed for both football and soccer games, and it plays host to multiple local sports organizations, including Galt Jr. Warriors Football and Cheer, Galt Futbol Club and County Line Youth Soccer League.

“I applaud my colleagues in the Legislature for recognizing the importance of parks and recreation in Assembly District 9,” Cooper’s statement read.

In its own release, the city of Galt expressed appreciation for Cooper’s work.

“We are immensely grateful to Assemblymember Cooper for his efforts in securing funding for this major asset in our community,” Galt City Manager Lorenzo Hines was quoted as saying. “His continued efforts in obtaining funding for Walker Community Park have enabled us to make improvements that would otherwise not have been possible.”

In 2019, Cooper procured $1.7 million in state funding to begin the second phase of the Walker Park Master Plan renovations, such as parking improvements and additional restrooms.

“These improvements to Walker Park are vital to ensuring that the facility continues to be an attractive location for regional tournaments, which bring a much needed revenue source to the city of Galt and our local businesses,” Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis said in the city release.

When fully implemented, the Walker Community Park Master Plan would add additional baseball fields to the park, along with tennis and basketball courts, and a community center.

Besides the Walker Park money, Cooper secured $750,000 in the budget for Zupo Field in Lodi.