Parks, Recreation & Facilities
Parks, Recreation and Community Commission
The Parks, Recreation and Community Commission is comprised of seven (7) members, appointed by the Mayor with approval from the City Council
The Parks, Recreation and Community Commission shall encourage, stimulate, promote and foster programs for the enrichment of the City and hereby contribute to the quality of life in Turlock and develop an awareness in the business community, in local government and in the general public of the value and benefits of the constructive use of leisure time in Turlock.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Commission shall initiate, sponsor or conduct, alone or in cooperation with other public or private agencies and/or individuals, programs to further the development and public awareness of, and interest in, recreation, neighborhoods, community policing, youth master planning and senior master planning.
Applications for Commission positions may be requested from the City of Turlock Administrative Offices
- Review all current recreation programs and provide feedback to staff.
- Establish commissioner sponsorship program for various facilities and programs.
- Promote parks and programs to the citizens of Turlock and surrounding communities.
- Actively participate in the Recreation fundraising events.
- Proactively search out funding opportunities to support our mission.
Mr. Dowd has lived in California for almost 40 years and moved to Turlock in 2003. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Sacramento, is a PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America) Class A Member, and has been the Head PGA Golf Professional at Oakdale Golf & Country Club since 2001. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Section of the PGA, and chairs the Public Relations/Communications/Political Action Committee. He and his wife, Julieanne, have two young daughters.
Mr. Bohlender is a lifelong Turlock resident. Served on the Park, Recreation and Community Programs Commission from 1988 to 2010, having stepped aside due to term limits and was re-appointed in 2012 following a one year absence. Mr. Bohlender is currently a member of Stanislaus County Park and Recreation Commission. A retired teacher, he has been active in the swimming and water polo commumity for over 40 years. He is currently coaching and/or directing Modesto/Stanislaus Water Polo, Johansen High School, and Turlock Aquatic Club. Mr. Bohlender has been married for 24 years with two children educated in Turlock public schools, Megan and Brian.
Mr. Gordon is a native Californian and moved to Turlock in 2002 after spending 10 ? years in the U. S. Navy. He has a Master's degree in Business Administration and, as a life-long learner, is currently continuing his education in Public Administration at CSU Stanislaus. He is very involved in the community and currently serves on many community boards and committees; believing that engaged citizens are the backbone to a successful community. Barney, his wife, and two daughters are proud to call Turlock home.