Riverfront Park Project

Project Lead: City of Patterson

Potential Project Partners:
Stanislaus County, San Joaquin River Valley Coalition, River Partners, San Joaquin River Partnership, California Department of Boating and Waterways.

Short Project Description:
Creation of a riverfront park, recreational trail, and enhanced habitat along the western bank of the San Joaquin River between Old Las Palmas Avenue and Eucalyptus Avenue.

Long Project Description:
The proposed Riverfront County Park would extend along the west side of the San Joaquin River from Old Las Palmas Avenue to Eucalyptus Avenue, a distance of approximately 8,000 feet (about 1.5 miles). Although the exact dimensions of the park have yet to be determined, it is intended that the park would vary in width, generally between 100 and 200 feet, creating linear park of approximately 20 acres. The project would restore riparian and upland habitat, extending and enhancing a habitat corridor that has been significantly degraded. Restoration of vegetative cover may reduce flood risk to adjacent and downstream properties. The park’s primary amenity, the multi-use recreational trail, would connect with the City of Patterson’s planned bicycle and pedestrian network, providing greatly enhanced access to the riverfront, and encouraging bicycling and walking.

Unique Project Characteristics:
This project would improve community health by increasing recreational use of the riverfront. It would environmental health by enhancing and increasing habitat. It would provide opportunities for environmental education and recreational programming.

Project Status Pre-planning
Project Cost $2,500,000
Project Timeframe Undetermined
Cost-sharing Cost will be shared by Stanislaus County and the City of Patterson at an undetermined ratio.
Multi-benefit Project Yes
Types of benefits The project may improve flood risk management, and would promote ecosystem functions and improve recreation, making it a multi-benefit project.
Source of Project City of Patterson

 

Background Information:
The concept for the Riverfront County Park has been explored in the process of developing the City of Patterson’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan (currently in draft form). It is an important link in the City’s proposed recreational trail system. It would also be the community’s primary access to the San Joaquin River for boating, swimming, fishing or just enjoying. Public input has confirmed the value of this proposed park to the community.