How Does a Park Become ‘Surplus’ in the County’s Eyes?
Mono Park is a pretty two acres of green consisting of large beautiful trees, picnic and play area on Mono Drive between Santa Ana and Santa Rita Ave in Modesto’s Airport District. It is an oasis of green with its large/huge trees and lawn in an area that has very few comforts the rest of us have come to rely on, you know, like sidewalks. Sidewalks should not be an exception in residential areas instead of the rule but that’s the fact of life in many of the County’s unincorporated areas.
Now the County has staff exploring whether Mono Park should stay a park or be labeled ‘surplus’ then sold to friends and possibly be turned into warehouses for the likes of the Gallo’s or one of their many subsidiaries. Of course the County doesn’t want to speculate as to who might purchase the site. But their flyer specifically mentions cutting down the beautiful trees in the park
A community meeting was held March 13th at Orville Wright Elementary school by the Airport Community Collaborative. According to the County approximately 20 people attended. The County dangled the carrot in front of the people suggesting maybe sidewalks or a new roof for the Legion Hall.
Improving the Quality of Life By Selling Our Parks? If we sell Mono Park to the Gallo’s for warehouse space then even more trucks will be coming into the Airport District. Our local Air Pollution Control Board says the single biggest polluting factor in the central valley are the diesel trucks driving up and down Highway 99. So the County’s answer to how can we improve the quality of life in Modesto and specifically the Airport District is to have more trucks with the accompanying dirt, dust, noise, and pollution at all hours in our neighborhoods. But then again why should they be concerned, none of the Board of Supervisors lives anywhere close to there.
So the County is using slight of hand, mixing in a little community involvement, Gallo money, and Presto Change-o, you have one less park for the children to play in and for families to picnic in.
The next park they decide is surplus may be YOURS.