Ice Cream Vendors a Nuisance in Crane Park

Brandon McMillan/

That ring-a-ling of the ice cream man may bring good feelings to some (not all), but residents near Crane Park are growing tired of the noise.

Cara Palmquist, a resident near Crane Park, says that as many as eight ice cream vendors will ring their bells, all day long, right outside of her window.

"We recognize this is an ongoing challenge, not only at Crane Park but at many of our more active facilities," said Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities Director Allison Van Guilder.

The Turlock Parks department is working with Turlock police on a focused enforcement effort, Van Guilder said.

Palmquist said nearby residents feel a bit silly calling police due to the nuisance, but feel left with few other options.

"This is not an emergency, but it is having a major effect on our lives," Palmquist said.

A new City of Turlock administrative citation process could help alleviate some issues. Noisy vendors are warned and told about impending penalties, which escalate from $100 to $500. Those penalties come outside of the crowded legal system, allowing the City of Turlock to ensure fines are enforced.

"It tends to get people's attention," Van Guilder said.

And after some vendors have claimed language barriers prevent them from understanding the penalties, the Turlock Police Department has created a handout with the municipal code's language in both English and Spanish.

"Hopefully we can improve the communication process, the education process, so really there is no reason they would claim to not understand what is directed at them," Van Guilder said.

The park has been a hotbed of issues, which the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission has sought to address since residents balked at a 2012 proposal by the Turlock Rotary Club to construct a bocce ball court in Crane Park. The complaints drove Turlock city staff to draft new park rules, limiting the number of bounce houses and banning amplified sound. 

Comments 6

  1. steph says:
    I think this is bs. You want to cut ice cream trucks from vending (were in a economic crisis) those people have mouths to feed.. they are working long hot days.

    Some people need to stop being so delicate. Im sure you live your life just fine and im sure the parks and rec dept should focus on how the urban community can get there community center back. Most kids donot have a/c.
  2. Carrie says:
    I can't believe that someone would seriously complain about something so petty! At least take into consideration that these individual's are hard working and willing to go out into society and make something for themselves. Turlock seems to have gotten themselves confused with some other high class city..... Ya'll should be ashamed!
  3. lee says:
    talk about first world problems... ringing bells, oh my.
  4. Annoying says:
    Are people out to make everyone jobless? People have become such whiny brats! How much you wanna bet the people complaining are the lazy bums that sit around home doing nothing.
  5. Mona says:
    So ringing a bell is a problem now? Talk about problems only us American's would have. There are people in other countries in way worse situations than having to hear a bell being rang. Seriously, the nerves of some people. Those ice cream vendors have families and are just trying to make money to feed them. Think about that before you start calling the police because your poor little ears are getting tired of hearing a bell from a guy who is dying of heat trying to make an extra buck.
  6. Annoying says:
    Well said Mona. I hope the people that complained read this and are ashamed by their actions.

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