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Design Built For Communities: Michael Vega Park

O’Dell Engineering believes in designing for purpose. We aim to bring spaces to life that will spark joy, bring communities together, and support recreational and social needs. Michael Vega Park in River Islands does just that. In addition to the daily recreation opportunities the space provides, the park also hosts movie nights, community gatherings, and […]

Modesto Rotary Centennial Music Garden Celebrates Grand Opening

The Modesto Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary In 2020 the Modesto Rotary Club celebrated 100 years of being committed to improving the world, on a local and global level. Some notable projects the Club has been involved with over the years include, painting the interior of a YMCA building, planting 20 Valley Oak trees in […]

EmPOWERment Park Project Featured on abc10 News

Local abc10 news station recently featured a news piece on the inclusive EmPOWERment Park project and its impact on a child’s access to play. EmPOWERment Park is designed with socially inclusive principles to be a place where people of all abilities and ages, just like Mary Jane, can gather to play and recreate. The park […]

Land Connections—Community Spaces for Introverts

Why Should We Have Community Spaces for Introverts? Community spaces are places used in a variety of ways by the entire community. People use these spaces to gather, play, interact, relax, enjoy nature, and recharge3. Community spaces are for the whole community, including the 40% of the population that identifies as introverted. The diversity of […]

The Bennie and Joyce Gatto Historic Trail – The Value of Trails and Volunteerism

The Value of Trails The creation of trails within neighborhoods provides both health and transportation benefits to the residents and community overall. Trails provide people of all ages safe, accessible places to take part in recreational activities such as jogging, cycling, or skating. A well-planned network of trails can also make it easy for residents […]

Land Connections—Parks and the Pandemic: The Need for More Equity

The pandemic has invigorated interest in public parks and open spaces. Parks have long been known to improve health and wellness, but they have now turned into a necessary haven for so many during these difficult times. Access to nature, fresh air, and daylight, combined with social distancing and masks, have not only helped us […]

Prop 68 – Improving One California Community at a Time

What is Prop 68? The Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program (Prop 68) is a competitive grant program that creates new parks and recreation opportunities in underserved communities across the state of California. Each of these parks and playgrounds will positively impact families, children, and adults alike by providing increased access to recreation. O’Dell […]

O’Dell Engineering Named One of the “2020 Best Places to Work: Central Valley”

What makes a great place to work? It’s definitely not four walls, office furniture, and free coffee. Is it the latest technology? That certainly helps. Is it awesome benefits? Those are nice too. But when you really boil down a terrific job, a wonderful office, and a great professional experience, the heart of the matter […]

May Nissen Park Awarded CARPD Outstanding Renovated Facility

O’Dell Engineering is delighted to announce that Livermore Area Recreation and Park District – LARPD has been awarded the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts Award of Distinction for Outstanding Renovated Facility for May Nissen Community Park.  We loved the opportunity to assist LARPD with the development of this 100% socially inclusive park in […]

Prioritizing Health – O’Dell Engineering’s Response to COVID-19

These are challenging and unprecedented times. As we continue to navigate this evolving situation, O’Dell is putting the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community members first. Our offices look a little different these days with most staff working remotely, but just because we aren’t in the office doesn’t mean we aren’t here […]