YUCCA VALLEY— The town’s newest park opens to the public Oct. 13.
Town officials will host a grand opening at the new South Side Park, as it’s been temporarily dubbed, at 9 a.m.
The new park features areas for dogs, children’s play equipment, bathrooms and a shaded picnic bench.
“The dog park facilities are a first for Yucca Valley and a long-awaited improvement for many local pet owners,” Jim Schooler, director of community services, wrote in a news release.
Last fall, the Yucca Valley Town Council made a temporary concession that allowed dog owners to run their dogs off-leash on the softball field at Machris Park before 10 a.m. each day.
Town officials said at previous meetings that Machris Park was being used throughout the day by dog owners and that sometimes created issues when too many people tried to use the same field.
Residents can help name the new park by picking up a proposal form from Town Hall or the community services office in the community center.
Under the town policy, parks can be named based on the location of the facility, a nearby natural feature, or a person, family or organization if the person or group was instrumental in getting money or donating money or land.
Parks also may be named after a person if he or she has been dead more than two years and the Town Council believes the person’s contributions to the parks and recreation program warrant naming a facility after them.
All submission forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.