A picturesque walkway in Turlock's North East Storm Basin will be named in honor of the city's Indian-American community, following a unanimous vote of the Turlock City Council Tuesday evening.
The walkway, which runs alongside Countrywalk and Wellington lanes on either side of Christofferson Parkway, will be named “Singh Walkway.”
“We felt it was the most appropriate location in terms of naming a public facility,” said Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities Manager Allison Van Guilder.
The naming was requested by Dr. Ram Sani, an Indian-American who has called Turlock home since 1970. Since then, Sani said he has seen the Indian-American community in Turlock grow by leaps and bounds.
Saini noted the economic impact the Indian-American community makes in Turlock, serving as doctors, veterinarians, gas station owners, and truck drivers.
“I am so proud of our community,” Sani said. “… We are proud to contribute something to the City of Turlock.”
And more and more Indian-Americans are likely to come here, he said, as the climate is similar to Punjab.
It's the link to Punjab, where Sikhism is the dominant religion, that inspired Saini to request the name “Singh Walkway.” Singh is a middle or last name used by nearly all Sikh men, and some Hindu communities as well.
The renaming was unanimously recommended by the Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Community Programs commission on Oct. 9.
A sign bearing the “Singh Walkway” name will now be constructed near the pump station in the storm basin. Sani will pay for all costs to construct the sign, estimated at $4,000.
Parks Commission Approves “Singh Walkway” Naming