California Is Creating A New State Park For The First Time In 13 Years

California is creating a new state park near Modesto that will be the state’s first new park in 13 years.

The new park, situated between the Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers on land called Dos Rios Ranch, was formerly farmland and will be brought back to life with new plants, trees, and public amenities.

According to the Modesto Bee, the land will become California’s 280th state park and the first new one since the state introced Fort Ord Dunes near Monterey back in 2009.

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According to NBC Bay Area, the State Parks Director Armando Quintero said that the property will benefit “a park-poor region” and help equalize access to state recreation sites throughout California.

Without this park, the San Joaquin Valley has less access to state parks than other areas throughout California, so the move to establish the park will help combat inequalities to access.

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Quintero went on to say:

“Everyone deserves to have close access to vibrant parks and this opportunity is an exciting one. This will provide incredible public access. People will be able to hike on trails, and fish and paddle the river.”

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Within the next five years, it’s possible that Dos Rios could get trails, picnic areas, restrooms, etc., depending on budgeting, according to the Modesto Bee. Funding is also being allocated to plant trees and native wildlife to promote shade and biodiversity.

It’ll be interesting to see what the new state park is like in a few years from now!

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