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Lodi City Council to discuss changes to Fourth of July event at Lodi Lake

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Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014 12:00 am

Those who attend the annual Fourth of July at the Lake event may see some changes to the event this year — including an entry fee.

Lodi City Council will receive a report on proposed changes to the event at its shirtsleeve session this morning.

One of the proposed changes is charging admission to the event. For the seven years the city has hosted the Fourth of July at the Lake, there has been no entry fee.

Jeff Hood, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director, said any fees charged at the event will include beach access.

Current admission to the beach is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children, and Hood said these figures will be used as basis for the proposal.

However, while the lake and beach had been open at 10 a.m. in recent years, the new proposal suggests only allowing beach and boathouse access in the morning. The rest of the park will then open at 5 p.m.

Hood said there has traditionally been light attendance outside of the lake’s beach area dur-

ing Fourth of July, and crowds don’t begin to come to the rest of the park until close to 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

His report for the session said charging a fee could bring in as much as $3,000.

Additionally, the city is proposing to eliminate vendors at the event. Hood said last year, vendors only generated $800 in revenue.

He added the city has seen turnover in vendors for several reasons, including time spent at the lake before and after the event, which was factored into consideration of whether to eliminate them altogether.

“The requirements to come early and stay until after fireworks is a burden to many of them, especially when they have very little in terms of sales until evening,” Hood said. “It’s probably a minimum 16-hour day for them.”

He said there were 10 vendors last year offering shaved ice, popcorn, tacos, smoothies and beer, as well bounce houses and laser tag. Last year’s number was down from 12 in 2012, Hood said.

Tuesday’s shirtsleeve session begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

Contact reporter Wes Bowers at wesb@lodinews.com.

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