Public Golf Course, Water Park Coming to Turlock?

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Could Turlock soon be home to an 18-hole municipal golf course or a city-built water park?

Both amenities are on a list of projects for future consideration, and a planned city-backed study is set to examine their feasibility.

The $75,000 study will hire a consultant to estimate costs to construct and operate those projects, and others listed in Turlock’s Parks Master Plan. The study will also examine potential funding strategies to turn the proposals into reality.

"We've really got to ultimately find out what all these things are going to cost and the feasibility of it," said Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Community Programs Commission Chairman Mike Dowd.

The Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Commission unanimously endorsed the study during its March 12 meeting. The Turlock City Council will make a final decision on the study in the coming weeks.

As discussed in the Parks Master Plan, an 18-hole municipal golf course and driving range “could add another potential for positive cash flow for the community.” The plan also notes that the city has recorded demand for local public golf course.

A “Family Aquatic Center” could consist of water slides, water tube rides, and a wave pool. The center could also include sand volleyball, paddle tennis, and food concessions, per the plan.

Either project would likely be jointly developed in a public-private partnership. The City of Turlock would likely provide land, while a developer would build and manage the facilities, per the plan.

The City of Turlock has previously employed public-private partnerships to success, such as in the re-built Carnegie Arts Center. The City of Turlock paid to construct the facility, but the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation operates the facility and pays for all ongoing costs.

Other potential public-private partnerships could lead to development of a miniature golf course, a family fun center, a tennis club, an ice skating rink, botanical garden, or an aquatic and fitness center, per the plan.

After the consultant’s work is done, the Turlock City Council would determine which projects to pursue. Funding for those projects would likely be included in the city’s Capital Facility Fees, which charge new developments for their share of constructing city buildings and parks.

The Parks Master Plan was initially adopted in July 1995, and was updated in September 2003. In the plan’s nearly 20 year history, there is a precedent for its goals becoming reality.

The Parks Master Plan listed the need for a large soccer complex. That dream became the Turlock Regional Sports Complex, which now hosts the San Jose Earthquakes’ Professional Developmental League affiliate’s practices.

And a proposed public greenway system, connecting the entire city through bicycle and pedestrian pathways, is already a reality in parts of North Turlock. The new Turlock General Plan will extend the greenways throughout Turlock in the coming years.

Comments 5

  1. rachael weed says:

    We should have a waterpark since its going to be really hot so that means more money

  2. lyndsi says:

    Those would be good for Cash revenue from it. But we are in a drought and both of those require too much water.

  3. Concerned says:

    Why is the city paying for the feasibility study? That’s very concerning. Who is the company doing the study and what ties do they have to council members?

  4. Citizen Insane says:

    Why is the Parks and Recreation Commission even considering the study with our money? Michael Dowd, Brent Bohlender, Barney Gordon< Bella Daniel, Richard Salinas and Jeremy Rocha make up the P&R Commission.
    We do not need another golf course! The few around us are not even profitable! We surely shouldn’t consider subsidizing Golf and much worse a Water Park. Did he panel take into consideration were in a state wide drought? Where would this magic water come from? Maybe every farmer could subsidize it? Maybe every citizen in Turlock could voluntarily have water allocated from their current household allotment to water this Golf course and fill this water park. There’s a reason every water park that was near us is out of business. High maintenance cost, high insurance costs, high labor costs. Land and construction cost alone would make this unfeasible. I vote no on wasting our tax dollars! I vote no on wasting our water! I do believe we should look for ways to save money!! We should look at ways to use the waste water produced from Turlock’s water treatment plan to water city parks and landscaping. We should look at costs to install “purple pipe” widely used in San Diego to deliver non-potable water for landscaping uses.

    In closing, I think we need commissions that can conduct feasibility studies themselves or work with CSU Stanislaus business students. If the commission’s feasibility study can justify the need for an outside agency, then the commission can present their study to the city counsel themselves.

  5. Wasteful spending says:

    Can we fix the roads, clear the storm drains, paint over all the graffiti, and complete a few necessary projects before we waste taxpayer money on “studies?”

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