Tuolumne River Regional Park

Project Lead: Tuolumne River Regional Park Joint Powers Authority

Potential Project Partners:
City of Modesto, City of Ceres, Stanislaus County, Tuolumne River Trust

Short Project Description:
Continued development of the undeveloped areas of the Tuolumne River Regional Park including the Gateway Parcel.

Long Project Description:
Development of these two areas of TRRP will focus on protecting and enhancing sensitive habitats and natural areas, including wetlands and riparian corridors; preserving and enhancing existing wildlife habitat areas; protecting and enhancing aquatic species and habitat; promoting a flood management program that provides protection from catastrophic flooding and contributes to the ecological values of the river corridor; developing educational programs that emphasize individual and community responsibility for resource protection and conservation and design areas within the overall park to accommodate multiple purposes and changes in recreational preferences over time while creating active and passive areas within the park.

Development of the 87-acre Gateway Parcel will provide a high-profile public gathering place, close to the commercial centers of Modesto and Ceres and accessible to the rest of the region along major arterial streets and California state Highway 99. In addition to the public gathering areas the park will include a substantial trail network, river access points, active and passive recreational zones, extensive riparian restoration work, storm water purification wetlands and educational interpretive elements.

Development of the 185-acre Carpenter Road Area will provide area for active use of a planned-for sports complex along with a place for land and water reclamation and restoration and educational interpretation. The site will include an extensive river promenade trail network, a mile and half of riparian corridor restoration and more the 100 acres of new forests and meadows along with storm water purification wetlands. Lastly, the development of the Carpenter Road Area will include a nature interpretive center to be located near the sports complex and will host exhibits about the riparian restoration in the park, new forests and meadows, and the many wildlife species that live in and along the river.

Unique Project Characteristics:
The continued development of TRRP will promote conservation and open space along the 7 river miles long park while limiting catastrophic flooding in the neighborhoods adjacent to TRRP. This overall project marries flood management, habitat restoration, educational opportunities, park development and open space conservation.

Project Status Planning and construction
Project Cost $60,000,000
Project Timeframe 15-25 years to completion
Cost-sharing City of Modesto, County of Stanislaus, State of California Natural Resources Agency have all contributed over $1 million each to this project with grants from the State of California totaling approximately $5.5 million to date.
Multi-benefit Project Yes
Types of benefits The project would promote ecosystem functions and recreation, making it a multi-benefit project.
Source of Project City of Modesto on behalf of the Tuolumne River Regional Park JPA


Background Information:
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