Visit Stanislaus County's five regional parks this summer! Learn more about the Big Five: Woodward Reservoir, Modesto Reservoir, La Grange, and Laird Regional Parks
The mission of the Department of Parks and Recreation is to implement the policies established by the Board of Supervisors pertaining to parks which include acquiring, developing, and maintaining recreation areas serving every segment of society, including the disabled and the economically disadvantaged; providing the leadership necessary to develop and manage parks and recreational facilities in ways that will provide the best possible experience for people to enjoy the out-of-doors at the most reasonable costs.
Who We Are
Stanislaus County Department of Parks and Recreation acquires, develops, and maintains recreation areas serving every segment of society, including the disabled and the economically disadvantaged, in ways that will provide the best possible experience for people to enjoy the outdoors at the most reasonable cost.
What We Do
The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains grounds and operations of identified parks and facilities at the current level of service, evaluate priorities and adjust the workforce to the priorities identified to efficiently carry out our mission and provide basic levels of services at all general funded neighborhood parks, cemeteries, bridges, County facilities and office buildings, reservoirs, and regional parks throughout Stanislaus County.
The Department has a budget of approximately $5 million and 20 full-time positions.
What We Offer
The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains five regional parks, twelve neighborhood parks, ten community parks, two Off-Highway Vehicle parks, four cemeteries, two bridges, La Grange historical areas, five fishing access points along rivers and lakes, one swimming pool, one organized youth camp, and numerous acres of open space and river bottom. These facilities provide a vast array of recreational opportunities including but not limited to: picnicking, sailing and power boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, hunting, and horseback and biking trails. In addition, the Department of Parks and Recreation provides landscape/grounds maintenance services and streetscape maintenance for nine county service areas, eight county centers, ten libraries, one landscape maintenance district, and other governmental buildings in the unincorporated areas of the County.
The Department consists of four divisions: Administration, Community Parks/County Centers, Woodward Reservoir and Modesto Reservoir.
Administration implements the functions of finance, human resources, information technology, contract coordination, grant coordination, project management, process improvements, planning, employee support, risk and safety management, partner development and opportunities, and aligning maintenance, operational, and customer needs.
The Community Parks/County Centers Division is responsible for the maintenance and operations of the parks, flood control landscape, and streetscapes:
- County Service Areas 1, 10, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, and Del Rio Heights Landscape Assessment District;
- Fox Grove, Riverdale and Las Palmas Fishing Accesses;
- Pauper’s Cemetery;
- Regional Water Safety Training Center;
- Neighborhood parks: Atlas, Bonita, Bonita Ranch, Burbank-Paradise, Countrystone, Empire Community, Empire Tot Lot, Fairview, Hatch, Hunter’s Pointe, Leroy F. Fitzsimmons, Mono, Murphy, Oregon Drive, Parklawn, Riverdale, Salida, Segesta, Sterling Ranch, United and Wincanton;
- Laird Regional Park;
- Frank Raines Regional Park including Deer Creek Day Use, Camping Area and Full Hookup Campgrounds, Minnear Day Use Area, and the Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
Additionally, the Community/County Centers Parks Division is responsible for landscape/grounds maintenance services at the following facilities: County Clerk-Recorder/Elections Building, 801 11th Street Building, Health Services Agency (County Center 2), Learning Institute (County Center 3), Probation and Juvenile Hall (County Center 5), ten Libraries, Medical Arts Building, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services facilities including Stanislaus Recovery Center (Ceres) and a portion of County Center 1, 12th Street Garage and offices, Old City Hall, 1010 Tenth Street, Mancini Hall, and the Coroner’s Office.
The Woodward Reservoir Division is responsible for the maintenance and operations of Woodward Reservoir. The Department of Parks and Recreation has operated recreational facilities at Woodward Reservoir in partnership with South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) for more than 50 years. This facility encompasses 6,667 acres, including 2,900 acres covered by the reservoir. Additionally, this division is responsible for a small lot within the Knights Ferry area.
The Modesto Reservoir Division is responsible for the maintenance and operations of Modesto Reservoir. The Department of Parks and Recreation has operated recreational facilities at Modesto Reservoir in partnership with Modesto Irrigation District (MID) for more than 50 years. This facility covers 5,080 acres, including 2,800 acres covered by the reservoir. Additionally, this division is responsible for the maintenance and operations of the La Grange Regional Park including the Off- Highway Vehicle area; Gold Dredge area; Livery Stables, Jail, School House, and Museum; Joe Domecq Wildlife area; Kiwanis Camp; Basso and Old La Grange Bridge; La Grange Cemetery; Robert’s Ferry Cemetery; French Bar Cemetery; Basso Fishing Access area; Turlock State Lake Fishing Access area; and 225 acres of river bottom along the Tuolumne River.
Effective Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and until further notice, bodily water contact (human or animal) will be prohibited at Woodward Reservoir.Reservations