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    Fergusson Park in Rialto gets $6 million upgrade

    A master plan adopted by the City of Rialto shows the new amenities coming to Fergusson Park over the next 12 months.

    Hank and Olga Vasquez walk their dogs along a walking path in Fergusson Park in Rialto. Visible to the right of the Vasquezes is a portion of the 10 acres that will be transformed into other recreational amenities over the coming year. Photo by Chris Sloan

    (RIALTO, Calif.) A $6 million upgrade, including two new football fields, begins at Alec Fergusson Park on Oct. 11.
    The city of Rialto intends to complete this upgrade in October 2011. Fergusson Park is at 2395 W. Sunrise, near West Casa Grande Avenue and North Alder Street.
    “We will be more than doubling the usable area of Fergusson Park,” said Recreation and Community Services Director Larry Thornburg. Eight acres of this 18-acre park were previously developed. This project develops the remaining 10 acres.”
    Besides the football fields, new amenities for Fergusson Park include a skateboard area, playground, picnic areas, additional parking lot, an additional basketball court, and a snack bar/restroom building.

    Rialto contractor Robert Clapper Construction submitted the successful bid for this project.
    “We at R.C. Construction are very excited at the opportunity to provide construction services for our ‘home town’ here in the City of Rialto,” said Company President Robert Clapper.  “Our corporate headquarters are located less then a mile from the park so that gives us a great chance to pay special attention to the project. We hope residents will enjoy this park for years to come.”
    Funds for this park are from a $6.3 million community improvement bond the Rialto Redevelopment Agency obtained in 2008.
    Fergusson Park is one of nine city parks in Rialto. Besides the new amenities the developed eight acres of the park include an existing basketball court, a quarter-mile walking track, a picnic area, two tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a tot playground, and a softball field. The new restroom building will add to one serving the eight acres already developed.
    The other Rialto City Parks are:

    Andreson Park features a playground, walking track, three large picnic shelters and a basketball court.

    Andreson Park, 726 S. Lilac: Features here include a quarter-mile walking track, a basketball court, playground equipment for small children and three large picnic shelters.

    Bud Bender Park features Little League and Pony League baseball fields, a T-Ball field and picnic areas. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Youth baseball lovers of all ages will enjoy the amenities at Bud Bender Park in Rialto. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Bud Bender Park, 300 N. Lilac Ave., which has Little League and Pony League baseball fields, and a T-Ball field. It also has a picnic area.

    Birdsall Park in Rialto features Little League and T-ball fields, picnic areas and a children’s playground. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Baseball and basketball are available at Birdsall Park in Rialto. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Roger Birdsall Park, 2611 N. Linden Ave., has two Little League ball fields and one for T-Ball. It also offers a picnic area and a children’s playground.

    A children’s playground and a picnic shelter are among the amenities of Jerry Eaves Park in Rialto. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Jerry Eaves park in Rialto is also a great place to play soccer. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Jerry Eaves Park, 1485 N. Ayala Ave., has 15 soccer fields, three large picnic shelters and several smaller picnic areas, and a children’s playground.

    Flores Park includes a children’s playground, picnic area and walking track. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Flores Park, 1020 W. Etiwanda Ave., has a picnic area, children’s playground and a quarter-mile walking track.

    Frisbie Park includes three Little League and two girls’ softball fields, as well as picnic areas, playground equipment and basketball courts.

    Frisbie Park, 19901 N. Acacia Ave., has three Little League fields and three girl’s softball fields, picnic areas, playground equipment and basketball courts.

    Margaret Todd Park is the place for skateboarders in Rialto, but they will have another place to skate when the expansion of Fergusson Park is complete in October 2011. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Margaret Todd Park includes a skate park for skateboarders and roller skaters, picnic areas and open space. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Margaret Todd Park, 201 N. Willow St., has a skate park for skateboarding and roller-skating, picnic areas and open space.

    Rialto City Park is the place for football, but an expansion of Fergusson Park will give the city’s youth football players more places to play. Photo by Chris Sloan

    Rialto City Park includes baseball fields, a football field, picnic areas and playground equipment.

    Rialto City Park, 130 E. San Bernardino Ave., has one football field, one Pony League field and one Little League field. It also has picnic areas, playground equipment and an outdoor stage.
    Although the City of Rialto is located in the middle of one of the nation’s fastest growing regions, it has retained a small town atmosphere and similar quality of life. Rialto is an ethnically diverse and progressive community, which boasts several unique community assets including its own police and fire departments, a city-owned racquet and fitness center, performing arts theater, a community center and senior center. Rialto is near mountains, beaches, deserts and other recreational areas.
    Rialto’s housing mix and home costs are some of the most affordable in the southern California region. First-time homebuyers find Rialto more affordable than almost any other comparable community in the region. Executives and those seeking high-end homes also find they can purchase much more home for their money in Rialto. This lower cost of living in Rialto also translates into more discretionary income for residents, thus benefiting retailers and service providers.
    For more information about Rialto, go to www.ci.rialto.ca.us or call (909) 820-2525.


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