YUCCA VALLEY — With winds whipping the sound of cheers through the air, Mayor Robert Lombardo gathered with town officials to announce the “new and improved Paradise Park” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
“These improvements were a culmination of several years of ongoing investment into the park,” Lombardo said. “We are very proud of this town park.”
Lombardo cut the bright blue ribbon with gusto, flanked by Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commissioner Jeff Brady, Councilmen Merl Abel and Rick Denison and Planning Commissioner James Henderson.
“It is absolutely amazing,” said Henderson, who visited Paradise Park for the first time Tuesday. “This is a crown jewel for the town.”
Officials added they are pleased the final phase of the improvement project came in “under budget.”
“It did come out beautiful,” Denison said.
Community Development Block Grant money and capital reserve funds allocated in 2015 helped cover the costs of the first phase, which was completed in August 2016, Lombardo said.
The first phase totaled $403,000 in improvements: adding two lighted basketball courts, a shade shelter by the playground, a pickle ball court, concrete walkways, park benches around the perimeter and lighting.
The Town Council approved spending additional CDBG grants in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for improvements. Earlier this year, the council added $75,000 from its capital projects reserve funds to complete the project. The final phase of improvements came in under budget at a final cost of $266,000, Lombardo said.
The final improvements included:
•Community building reroofing.
•Replacement doors and restroom improvements.
•Water meter installation from Hi-Desert Water District.
•Irrigation lines, valves and systems.
•Turf installation and soil amendments.
Lombardo thanked designer Herman Design Group and contractor Zoran Construction Group, Inc., along with the town’s Community Development Department crews for their dedication and hard work to complete the improvements.
Paradise Park is at 58938 Barron Drive.