Tell you what JP, check out this link and get the City's view http://www.ci.modesto.ca.us/prnd/programs/recreation/
Why do you ask? Do you have kids? Because, if you do, the list of "Activities" goes far beyond just the basic Park and Rec. stuff. This area is loaded with youth sports organizations, I have been a High School, AAU, and Youth Sports Coach for about 20 yrs, I can help you find them all! Good luck and Hope that helps. "The Coach
The Virginia Corridor is a former rail road track that ran through the middle of Modesto. A group of Rotary Clubs recently championed the cause of transforming the railway into a bike path that will continue to grow and expand north and south. See the site here: http://www.unitedrotary.org/
honest advice from a local and non partisan, drive around until you find the right one. we have a lot of parks ran by ruffians and the sort! despite this tragedy you can and will find nice parks in the more affluent areas.