2020 Local Host City: Modesto
Not only is it centrally located in California, close to the Sierra Nevada, and filled with abundant options for food and drink, Modesto is an ideal host city for California Trails & Greenways 2020 thanks to its current focus on urban recreation. The city, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020, is currently working on a Downtown Visioning Plan which includes connecting the city center with perimeter trail systems. In addition, Modesto is revitalizing the Dry Creek and Tuloumne River corridors for recreational activities both on and off the water. At a time when park professionals are increasingly focused on improved access to recreation for all Californians, cities like Modesto which offer recreational opportunities at the urban interface are uniquely positioned to engage their communities with innovative recreational features and programming. We look forward to connecting trail professionals from across the state to share success stories, helpful tools and techniques, and innovative ideas that will help Modesto and other communities engage their citizenry, while we experience the incredible natural resources of the Central Valley and join Modesto in celebrating its 150th!