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Jurupa Valley moves forward with park proposal for Santa Ana River area

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By Imran Ghori

Jurupa Valley is looking at creating a park staffed with rangers and featuring improved trails and other amenities near the Santa Ana River in an attempt to solve parking and trash complaints.

The City Council agreed unanimously Thursday, Feb. 1 to move forward with the idea — aimed at resolving complaints over increased crowds at a popular spot near the river.

It also agreed to a more immediate fix to hire two code enforcement officers — who would also be park rangers — and enforce parking and anti-littering rules this summer.

The council was presented at its meeting with a conceptual plan developed with the National Park Service to turn the area into a park.

It would include separate parking lots for passenger vehicles and for vehicles with horse trailers. It also proposes an equestrian arena and trail with a separate river crossing area for horse riders.

Safe, reliable access for equestrians was one of the top concerns raised by residents in a recent survey about the issue conducted by the city. Some equestrians have complained that the increased crowds made it difficult for them to use the river area.

The park area would also include permanent restrooms, trash cans, a covered day-use area, play areas and beach access, under the plan.

Council members praised the proposal while also raising some concerns about some details such as whether two parking lots would be workable or where the horse river crossing should be located.

City Manager Gary Thompson said those issues will be ironed out as a detailed plan is created.

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