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Food truck park proposed for downtown Turlock
food truck park
In a revised application, over four acres of empty lots and warehouses on South Golden State and S. Center Street could be the new home of a new food truck park (Journal file photo).

Over three acres of food and fun could soon be coming to downtown Turlock as Torre Reich Construction has submitted to the City plans for a new food truck park.

The construction company is spearheading plans to develop two parcels at 576 S. Center St. and 590 S. Golden State Blvd. so that they can host food trucks, live entertainment, retail vendors and more — a project called Trax Food Park.

Torre Reich Construction project coordinator Jenn Weenk said the proposed project came from a desire to provide another family-friendly entertainment facility in Turlock.

“We noticed the food truck trend not only in Modesto, but in other bigger cities as well. Food trucks are popular, so we wanted to take that idea of a truck park, expand on it and add to it with entertainment,” Weenk said. “We plan on having something for everybody.”

The potential future site of Trax Food Park totals 3.25 acres with an existing warehouse building, part of which will be renovated for indoor entertainment, like comedy and music shows. The remainder of the building will be used as a commissary to help support the estimated 16 food truck operators that will call Trax Food Park home, and visitors to the plaza will also find an outdoor entertainment area with games like giant Jenga, cornhole, ax throwing and other lawn games. 

An outdoor beer garden is also proposed as part of the project, with seating and an area to host private parties. There will also be stationary locations built from shipping containers, which can be utilized by different vendors, food related or not.

“We hope that people are able to grab some food, sit down and listen to some music or play games,” Weenk said. “We want people to spend a few hours there, instead of getting food and going back home.”

Weenk said the park will focus on offering a variety of different food trucks to pick from, rather than multiple vendors serving the same types of food. Proposed hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, with security on site. 

A public hearing for the Trax Food Park will take place on May 5 before the Turlock Planning Commission.