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Modesto’s river jewel

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Modesto’s river jewel

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POSTED May 19, 2012 1:56 a.m.

The Tuolumne River Regional Park (TRRP) consists of over 500 acres of parkland that runs along seven river miles of the Tuolumne River from the Mitchell Street Bridge east to the Carpenter Road Bridge in Stanislaus County.

Five major areas make up TRRP, including the Legion Park/Airport Area, the Gateway Parcel, Mancini Park, the Dryden Park Golf Course Area and the Carpenter Road Area. These areas include developed park sites in Legion Park and a riparian habitat in the Gateway Parcel. The park is being built through a joint powers agreement with the City of Modesto, City of Ceres and County of Stanislaus.

The TRRP includes several park areas already completed and open for public use. When completed, the TRRP trail system will also link with the adjoining Dry Creek park system and the scenic four miles (6 km) of trails and developed parks available in that system and maintained by the City of Modesto.

Mancini Park – Located along the south shore of the Tuolumne River bordering Ceres, Mancini Park was developed on land donated by conductor Frank Mancini. This large park is the subject of current redevelopment efforts, and will be connected to the TRRP trail system through the installation of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the river. This park offers walking, bicycling, picnic, and children’s play opportunities.

Beard Brook Park – Located along Dry Creek just upstream from the Tuolumne River, Beard Brook Park offers a developed play area and baseball fields.

Legion Park – Established in the 1970s, this sprawling park contains a mixture of mature riparian forest, outdoor recreation areas, and picnic areas. Legion Park is envisioned as the educational center of the park and will receive a restored wildflower meadow, a recreation and kayaking beach, and a new trail network.

Bellenita Park – Bellenita, is currently a small lightly developed neighborhood park set back from the river’s primary flood channel. This park will be redeveloped and integrated into a larger regional sports complex extending from Thomas Avenue to Sutter Avenue in the unincorporated county areas south of Modesto.

The best place to access from out of Modesto is at Legion Park. Exit at the central Modesto exit. Take I Street into central Modesto under the ‘Modesto Arch’, turning right onto 14th, which becomes Yosemite Boulevard at a large intersection. Turn right onto Santa Cruz Avenue, and follow left around past Legio


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