For the past four to five years, the City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation Department has wanted to do a trail entrance re-design at Jacob Myers Park. With Measure L funding available for the project that affects pedestrian and vehicle access, they were able to make this project happen and work is underway. Director of Parks and Recreation Sue Fitzpatrick explained that they wanted to do the re-design to separate walkers and bike riders from the vehicle traffic. The McRitchie Trail will begin near the historic Rocket playground piece and wind through the park past the Bicentennial Grove and under the train trestle, meeting up with the existing lower trail. The dog park and parking lot B are both closed during construction.
“Our goal is to next work on developing additional parking in the back near the dog park, develop an amphitheater for movies in the park and other ranger type programs,” added Fitzpatrick. “This will need more funding and grants but we are working toward this for phase III of the park development. The construction crew is off to a great start and we are hoping to have this project complete prior to the busy season.”