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Looking for Something to do This Summer? A New State Park is Underway

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Adeline Yee

Photos of Dos Rios State Park’s scenery and wildlife. (Photos provided by California State Parks)

This summer a new state park will open in California and it is only a few miles away from CSU Stanislaus’ campus.
On Earth Day, Governor Gavin Newson announced Dos Rios State Park located along the San Joaquin Valley will open to the public on the third annual State Parks Week of June 12-16. 
State Parks week focuses on special community events planned at parks across the state with different activities related to the year’s theme. This year’s theme will be “This is Where You Live” and there are activities such as evening hikes, owl meet-and-greets, and yoga planned.
In a statement, Governor Newsom said about the park, “This park is a key asset to fighting the climate crisis, home to the state’s largest floodplain restoration project. We’re not just protecting these spaces, we’re restoring them for future generations.”
Dos Rios State Park will be California’s largest public-private floodplain restoration project. This project will help restore habitats for wildlife along the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers who are threatened and endangered.
California State Parks Director, Armando Quintero also commented on the soon to open state park.
“The vision for Dos Rios is a journey into the past, revealing a lush Central Valley and a local escape – adjacent to two rivers and a wildlife refuge,” he said.
With the help of California Conservation Corps and area Tribes, Other than enjoying the beautiful landscape, visitors will have the opportunity to hike and rest near picnic tables and ramadas. Further plans at the park involve access to the river and biking trails. 
Planning of the park took 10 years, $40 million, and had 11 funding sources involving public and private investments. 
The park will be eight miles west of Modesto and has about 1,600 acres of land the public will soon be able to enjoy. Meanwhile, the official classification and name of the Dos Rios project still need to be determined and approved by the California State Park and Recreation Commission. 
For a full list of activities planned for State Parks Week visit the California State Parks website.

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Looking for Something to do This Summer? A New State Park is Underway