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San Joaquin County Parks & Recreation Digest

New Suit Filed in Aquatics Center Project


A project to build an aquatics center on 16 acres at Summit Drive and Corral Hollow Road in South Tracy has been further mired in litigation as a new suit is filed.

River Islands Advances South County Development Planning


The Lathrop Planning Commission is reviewing plans for River Islands neighborhood designs which includes a football stadium, lakes, parks, housing and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial use space.

California State Parks Recommends $6.7 Million in Grants for Local Recreational Trails


California State Parks has recommended $6.7 million for seven local nonmotorized trail projects in various cities, including Galt and Gilroy.

Disneyland’s New Vision Includes Up to $2.5-billion Investment and Plan to Take Over City Streets


Disneyland’s plan to reimagine the theme park into a more “immersive” experience may require up to $2.5 billion and a plan to privatize some Anaheim streets.

Fourth Graders Might Lose Free Access to California State Parks


California’s projected budget deficit of close to $38 billion likely means some cuts are coming. Among them, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed ending the California State Park Adventure Pass, which offers free access to some state parks for fourth graders.

Advocates Urge Biden to Expand Berryessa Monument


Last year, environmental groups and tribes rallied behind a proposed expansion of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Expansion was tried through congressional legislation, but it stalled.

Stockton’s Van Buskirk Park Receives $7M from State


The Van Buskirk Park renovation will include a new skate park, two full-size basketball courts, and BMX/bike trails with lights and landscaping.

Park Cleared in Preparation for New Recreation Center


With the opening of 37 new rooms at Tracy’s Temporary Emergency Housing Facility, the city has cleared El Pescadero Park of the final tents that made up a homeless encampment at the park.

Tracy Set to Strengthen Rules on Park Use


The city of Tracy is set to approve even stricter rules about the use of parks, with an ordinance up for adoption that will effectively prohibit the homeless encampments that have characterized some city parks.

Tracy Council OKs $88 Million for Recreation Center


The Tracy City Council took a big step toward transforming El Pescadero Park, approving a spending plan of $88 million toward the project, most to come from Measure V revenue.

Yosemite Trying New Strategies to Reduce Food Packaging Waste


An estimated 100,000 pizza boxes have been removed from Yosemite’s waste stream. This is because the famed park now serves pizza on trays and puts to-go portions in compostable bags, part of a move to reduce food-related waste.

California’s First Black-led Conservancy Acquires Land in Placer County


The 40 Acre Conservation League has recently acquired hundreds of acres of land in Placer County, 70 miles northeast of Sacramento—a significant step toward making outdoor experiences more inclusive.

Utility Increases Loom for 16 Million California Households


Utility giant PG&E is set to raise its rates an average of 13% on Jan. 1. That equals an extra $32.50 a month, or $390 for the year.

With Pickleball Booming, Enthusiasts Want More Courts in Lodi


The sport of pickleball is rapidly growing, and residents are hoping the city will add more courts to its parks.

Natural Resources Agency Launches Plan to Increase Outdoor Access in California


State and local leaders gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate a new plan that will increase access to the outdoors for all Californians, regardless of who they are or where they live.

How to Visit a California State Park for Free


A pilot program that allows Californians to visit many state parks for free—after checking out a pass from their local library—is helping increase access for more people of color and lower-income residents, according to research from the California State Parks Foundation.

Beachside Trail Close to Finally Getting Built on Central Coast


A beachside trail connecting the communities of Morro Bay and Cayucos could finally be built after 20 years. This happened after Chevron decided to sell land needed for the trail to be built.

What a Theme Park Giant Merger Means for California


Two theme park giants, Six Flags and Cedar Fair, announced they are merging. It could have potential impacts on California theme parks like Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Ripon Tidying Up City Parks


The Ripon City Council approved an expenditure of up to $35,175 for Grover Tree Service to handle the work. The Modesto-based business will provide tree pruning and other maintenance in several parks and landscaped areas.

Two Disneyland Voices Are Moving On


Camille Dixon, the announcer for Disney California Adventure, and her husband, Bill Rogers, the voice of Disneyland, are moving on from this work. They have been at the parks for more than 40 years combined.

California State Parks and Partners Launch ‘Arts in California Parks’ Program


Through this new program, artists, culture bearers, and California Native American tribes will be eligible to receive funding to create artwork throughout state and local parks.

How to Get a Permit to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in Northern California


Harvesting your own Christmas tree is a holiday tradition—and in the next couple weeks, permits to do so are opening up in forests throughout the state. Among them is the El Dorado National Forest.

Upcoming Projects Will Limit Access at Lodi Lake


The Lodi City Council unanimously approved a construction schedule for the 2024 Lodi Lake Southside improvement project.

Tracy Hills Parks Approved While Developer Expresses Frustration on Project Delays


The new parks for Phase 2 of the Tracy Hills development gained Tracy City Council approval, signaling that the design concept for the part of the development on the southwest side of Interstate 580 is ready to proceed.

New Playgrounds Approved By Stockton City Council


Three parks in Stockton will be getting their playground equipment replaced following a City Council vote. It will cost $526,452 to fund the projects, which are at Panella, Weber and Brooking parks.

Delta College’s New Exercise Facility Open to All


The new facility, dubbed the Fitness Court, is part of an initiative by National Fitness Campaign to plan, build, and fund healthy communities across the country.

Vast Marine Sanctuary Proposed in Partnership with California Tribe


The Biden administration is one step away from designating the first national marine sanctuary nominated by a tribe. Tribal members of the Chumash, who have lobbied for the creation of this Central Coast preserve for more than a decade, would be involved in managing it.

Chumash Tribe’s Vision for a Marine Sanctuary Could be Coming True


Some 7,000 square miles of ocean on California’s Central Coast could soon become the largest national marine sanctuary in the continental U.S. It could also make history as one of the first federal sanctuaries to be spearheaded by a Native American tribe.

SEKI Parks Seek Feedback on Proposal to Re-Establish Sequoia Seedlings


Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is inviting public review and comment through Aug. 6 on an environmental assessment evaluating alternatives to restore giant sequoia groves and adjacent fisher habitat in areas severely impacted by the 2020 Castle and 2021 KNP Complex wildfires, and where adequate regeneration is otherwise not anticipated.

Hanami Line Project Recognizes Japanese Sacramentans


Next year, pink cherry blossom petals in Robert T. Matsui Park—a grove called the Hanami Line—will blanket the Sacramento waterfront. They’ll fulfill the promise of Japanese Sacramentans’ nickname for the city: Sakuramento, after the cherry blossom.

California Legislature Passes Joshua Tree Protection Law


California lawmakers passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, permanently protecting the iconic and imperiled species.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks to Enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions


Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit campfires and charcoal fires in the hot, dry, low-elevation areas of the parks, including Potwisha Campground and Hospital Rock and Ash Mountain Picnic Areas.

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