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City revises plans for new park in light of drought
Montana park pic
The City of Turlock revised its design plan for a new park set to be built on Montana Avenue. The new plans include more fitness areas and less turf to limit the need for landscape irrigation. - photo by Journal file photo

The City of Turlock has implemented various alternative irrigation strategies for landscape maintenance at all parks and public areas in an effort to conserve water during the drought — but the City isn't just thinking of short-term conservation.

The City recently revised its design plan for a new park slated to be built on Montana Avenue in southwest Turlock to include less turf and more drought-friendly materials.

“Originally we had intended to scope the park like we normally would, the open turf and trees, but then the drought happened,” said Turlock Director of Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities Allison Van Guilder at Tuesday's joint PARC and City Council meeting. “It caused us to take a step back and think, ‘Is that really the wisest direction for us to move in?’”

Part of the new proposal includes a fitness-type trail system, a multi-surface court, a playground and a paved walking path as part of the park.

“The idea is that parents can be working out and kids can play at the playground,” Van Guilder said. “There’s kind of something for everyone, if you will, so we are excited to bring that concept.”

The park is being financed through a $440,000 California Department of Housing and Community Development grant . Turlock was one of 109 cities and counties to receive part of $73.6 million to help build parks and/or repair existing parks and recreation facilities within their community.

The HCD funds have to be spent by June 30, 2016.