Thursday, October 1, 2009

Community Services is On the Move

New Community Services Location

The Fontana Community Services has recently moved to their new location in Downtown Fontana located on Valencia Avenue, just west of Sierra. This building served as the former location of the county branch library and will now be used to better serve the residents of this community.

The Community Services Department provides parks and recreation services for the City of Fontana. This new location, centrally located, will bring together the staff of the entire department to better consolidate services. Garth Nelson, the Director of Community Services has expressed excitement about the move and looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for the community.

Fontana is very blessed to have some of the best and most well used parks and recreational facilities in the Inland Empire, if not the State of California. Recent additions to these facilities include Center Stage, Fontana Park, the Lewis Library and Technology Center, the Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Center, the Fontana Aquatics Center, and the Heritage Community Center. These newer facilities compliment a long list of other first-class community facilities that have served the need of this community for many years.

Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Center

Prior to this move, the Community Services Department made use of the Fontana Civic Auditorium for their office needs. A few years ago, the Civic Auditorium was closed for use because of seismic structural deficiencies and the fact that it did not comply with the access requirements required under the American with Disabilities Act. In looking at options for the Civic Auditorium, it was determined that it would be more cost effective to tear down the facility and reconstruct it for another use then it would be to try to retrofit the building. This started the City on a process to find both another facility for the Community Services as well as a facility that could be used to host performance events that were held in the Civic Auditorium.

The construction of the new Lewis Library and Technology Center was the answer that met both needs. At the library, the City built the Steelworkers Auditorium which is a state of the art facility that is capable of housing a number of community events and performances. In addition, moving the County Library to this new venue freed up the space they had been occupying which will meet the needs of the Community Services Department for years to come.

When you are in the area, please stop by the new facility located at 16860 Valencia Ave. to say hi and take the opportunity to register for one of our many excellent recreation classes offered around town. The Community Services Department would love to hear from you and to understand how they can better meet the programming needs of the community.

Community Services Department