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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Valle Vista Jim Venable Exchange Club Park looks at August opening

 

Last updated 6/21/2019 at 1:53am

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Contractors have been at work the last several months on the Jim Venable Exchange Club Park grounds, planning to have it finished by the ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-August.

Residents of East Hemet and Valle Vista will soon have a new park with a playground, lighted basketball, tennis and pickleball courts on Fairview and Mayberry avenues operated by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District.

Contractors have been at work the last several months on the Jim Venable Exchange Club Park grounds, planning to have it finished by the ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-August.

The park has been named in honor of the late Jim Venable, a former Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor who was instrumental in the land being set aside for a preschool and park.

The 8.8-acre park, adjacent to the newest Hemet Unified School District preschool, is funded from grants received by Valley-Wide and the Hemet Unified School District. The Friends of Valley-Wide Foundation and Healthy Valley Foundation also have made donations toward the park.

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Contractors have been at work the last several months on the Jim Venable Exchange Club Park grounds, planning to have it finished by the ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-August.

Riverside County has provided road improvements, street widening, curbs, gutters and sidewalks for easy access to the preschool and park grounds.

In addition to the tennis and pickleball courts in the park, Jim Venable Exchange Club Park will have a horseshoe pit, a walking path with fitness equipment, cycle tuneup area, picnic tables and a restroom. The large parking lot initially constructed for the preschool and Valley Vista Elementary School across Mayberry can be used by park visitors.

Valley-Wide will announce details about the grand opening event being planned for August at http://www.gorecreation.org or email [email protected]

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District operates 86 parks and community centers in French Valley, Hemet, Menifee, San Jacinto, Sage and Winchester.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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