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Turlock parks: Spring necessity
Donnelly Park in Turlock is a great place to meet the fowl of spring. - photo by 209 file photo

Spring has sprung – well, not exactly but it sure feels like it. As locals head outside to enjoy the pleasant weather and put their concerns  about the ongoing drought in California to the back of their minds, the outdoor parks are an excellent place to ring in the new season. 

Whether it is feeding the ducks at Donnelly Park or hosting a BBQ at Crane Park, Turlock boasts several offerings. Centrally located, Crane Park has been a community favorite for years as it offers tennis courts, ducks to feed, play equipment, swings, picnic tables, barbeques and a basketball court. Local families often enjoy their Sunday afternoons or host special parties to take advantage of the large, grassy spaces. Donnelly Park is another community go-to with its large pond and 40 acres that cover a square mile, making it a natural place to exercise and spend family time outdoors.

“The parks are a vital part of the community and a part of what helps to make a community. At Donnelly Park we get a lot of people who come to enjoy its many offerings,” said Eric Shultz, Superintendent of Parks, Recreation and Facilities for the City of Turlock.  

To access Donnelly Park from Highway 99 North take the Fulkerth Road exit and turn right onto Fulkerth Road then continue onto West Hawkeye Avenue. Turn left onto Dels Lane and take the first right on Pedras Road and the destination is on your right.  To access Crane Park from Highway 99 North, take the Fulkerth Road exit then continue onto West Hawkeye Avenue. Turn right onto Colorado Road then left onto Yosemite Street and the destination will be on your right.