New parks now part of plan for the county

February 27, 2002 12:00 am

By SHARON STELLO

New parks, trails and athletic fields are part of a newly adopted long-term vision for recreation in Tuolumne County.

Tuolumne County supervisors Tuesday approved a Recreation Master Plan and incorporated it into the countys general plan.

Supervisors requested the recreation plan after the general plan update was completed in 1996. The Board of Supervisors Recreation Advisory Committee was assembled in 1998 to develop the plan.

Supervisor Don Ratzlaff, who served as chairman of the recreation committee for the last three years, said many people took part in the process and put a lot of time and effort into the plan.

Community Development Director Bev Shane said although it is a 20-year plan, it will probably take much longer than that to reach all its goals.

The plan includes an inventory of existing recreation elements along with maps and details of proposed parks and trails, establishes goals and priorities for more recreation space and suggests possible funding sources.

Results of a survey conducted at the beginning of the plans development is included.

We were able to ascertain what many of the people in Tuolumne County would like to see in the future as far as recreation facilities, Shane said.

In addition to more parks, trails and athletic fields, survey-takers said they would like a countywide trail system with sidewalks and bike paths to connect communities, rest stops at trailheads, maps of walking and biking paths within historic communities, multi-purpose recreation centers and a recreation area at the former Jamestown Mine site.

According to the plan, the county needs another 250 acres of land for recreational uses based on the national Recreation and Park Associations recommendation that a city or county have at least 30 acres of residential space for every 1,000 people.