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First parks coming to Bellevue Ranch

There’s good news and bad news for Bellevue Ranch residents these days. The good: almost three years after model homes first opened at the massive master-planned community in North Merced, work is set to start on its long-awaited parks.

The City Council OK'ed an agreement Monday night to fund the construction of a four-acre park at the corner of Foothill and Bancroft drives. The work should start by the end of the month, said Director of Development Services Jack Lesch.

That’s welcome information for residents in this community. Though its Web site, print ads and billboards boast parks as a key amenity, none of the six green spaces planned for the eastern half of Bellevue Ranch has been built.

Now the bad news. Residents are wondering about another piece of unfinished business in Bellevue Ranch: the half-built houses in Crosswinds Communities’ Riverstone neighborhood.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Merced Sun-Star.