The residents of the City of Desert Hot Springs enjoy the use of five City parks; Constitution Park, Guy J. Tedesco Park, Hot Springs Park, Mission Springs Park, and the Rotary Dog Park. I’m happy to announce that three more parks are planned for our City.
There are three new parks in the planning stages now, and we have two parks being upgraded:
Corporate Yard Park – This 7.6 acre community will be built at the corner of Cholla Drive and Hacienda Avenue. The area will be transformed into a modern and well-lit Baseball Field and will include a Football field for youth sports. Funding for this park was received through a grant from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California Initiative. It will have a concession stand, state of the art lighting, pedestrian walkways and upgraded irrigation systems. The park will provide safe and accessible green space increasing youth sports fields and family park space.
Rancho Del Oro Development – This is a park that was planned more than 25 years ago, but never brought to fruition. As your Mayor, I promise to make this park a reality, and it will be because it is in the design-phase right now.
Skyborne Development – We are pleased that we continue to have home builders working actively in Skyborne, and in order to serve the growing number of residents in that area, the developer continues to work with the City to facilitate a new park for residents.
Rotary and Warden Dog Park Upgrades – improvements include larger areas for larger dog use, installation of rod iron fencing with two entrances and exits, a service gate for maintenance, new benches, a new ADA path, new water fountains for dogs and owners, and upgraded irrigation systems.
The City is also undertaking its Musco Youth Sports Lighting project. This project was designed to get full nighttime use of our sports facilities at Wardman and Mission Springs Parks. With this project, those areas now have the latest LED sports lighting technology. The project allows for an additional baseball field to have night time games at Wardman Park. It also increases field use at Mission Springs Park by almost doubling its usable night time space for soccer, football and cheer.
To meet the future demand for parkland as the City continues to grow, the City will continue to identify areas for construction of new parks and will make the rehabilitation of existing parks a high priority. I love sports and I love recreation, and many of you know how much I support Little League and City sports in general. I promise you that I will make sure that our youth and adults have safe and enjoyable parks that allow our athletes to thrive and all residents to stretch their legs, throw a ball and stay in shape. Oh, and don’t forget about our state-of-the-art Recreation Center and Gym, where the City is expanding programs, or our John H Furbee Aquatics Center, both on Cholla Drive. Great family fun!