New skate park, amphitheater may follow renovated soccer fields in Moreno Valley

New skate park, amphitheater may follow renovated soccer fields in Moreno Valley

Moreno Valley residents may soon have more places to play.


After resurfacing four heavily used soccer fields at Moreno Valley Community Park, city officials are turning their attention to adding a skate park to the recreation facility on Frederick Street. And they’re preparing to ask for the public’s input on the design later this month.


There’s also talk of constructing, down the road near Moreno Valley City Hall, an amphitheater that would seat up to 600 people for concerts and special events.


“I’m really excited about that,” Mayor Xystian Gutierrez said by phone. “I think it’s going to put our city on the map.”


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  • Volunteer Efren Gutierrez leads the AYSO soccer under-12 team, the Moreno Valley Select Rebels, as members run laps during a Monday, June 11, practice at Community Park in Moreno Valley.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Volunteer Efren Gutierrez leads the AYSO soccer under-12 team, the Moreno Valley Select Rebels, as members run laps during a Monday, June 11, practice at Community Park in Moreno Valley.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The new turf at Moreno Valley’s Community Park has light and dark rubber pellets for cushion and coolness.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    The new turf at Moreno Valley’s Community Park has light and dark rubber pellets for cushion and coolness.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • Moreno Valley Select Crew, an AYSO soccer team for those under 14, practices Monday, June 11, on the recently reopened Community Park fields after a  renovation.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Moreno Valley Select Crew, an AYSO soccer team for those under 14, practices Monday, June 11, on the recently reopened Community Park fields after a renovation.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Coach Gus Fierro’s Moreno Valley Select Crew AYSO soccer team stretches during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Coach Gus Fierro’s Moreno Valley Select Crew AYSO soccer team stretches during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer players go through ball-control drills during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer players go through ball-control drills during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Alysa Fierro, left, and Anahy Martinez, of the Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team, go through ball-control drills during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Alysa Fierro, left, and Anahy Martinez, of the Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team, go through ball-control drills during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Players on the Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields Monday, June 11, in Moreno Valley.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Players on the Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields Monday, June 11, in Moreno Valley.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Anahy Martinez, of the Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team practices Monday, June 11, on the recently reopened Community Park soccer fields.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Anahy Martinez, of the Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team practices Monday, June 11, on the recently reopened Community Park soccer fields.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Select Crew’s Athziri Beltran does ball-control drills Monday, June 11, on the recently reopened Community Park soccer fields in Moreno Valley.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Moreno Valley Select Crew’s Athziri Beltran does ball-control drills Monday, June 11, on the recently reopened Community Park soccer fields in Moreno Valley.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Tatumn Brown, of  Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team, laughs during a Monday, June 11, practice on the renovated Community Park fields.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Tatumn Brown, of Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team, laughs during a Monday, June 11, practice on the renovated Community Park fields.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Vanessa Serrano, of Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team, works on her throw-ins during a Monday, June 11, practice on the renovated fields at Moreno Valley’s Community Park.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Vanessa Serrano, of Moreno Valley Select Crew soccer team, works on her throw-ins during a Monday, June 11, practice on the renovated fields at Moreno Valley’s Community Park.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Members of the Moreno Valley Select Rebels soccer team run laps at the end of a Monday, June 11, practice session on the recently reopened Community Park fields.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Members of the Moreno Valley Select Rebels soccer team run laps at the end of a Monday, June 11, practice session on the recently reopened Community Park fields.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Select Crew’s Samantha Cornejo collects the ball during a Monday, June 11, practice on the renovated fields at Community Park in Moreno Valley.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Moreno Valley Select Crew’s Samantha Cornejo collects the ball during a Monday, June 11, practice on the renovated fields at Community Park in Moreno Valley.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Select Crew players go through ball-control drills in a Monday, June 11, practice at Community Park after its fields were renovated.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Moreno Valley Select Crew players go through ball-control drills in a Monday, June 11, practice at Community Park after its fields were renovated.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Boys soccer players practice Monday, June 11, on the renovated fields at Community Park in Moreno Valley.<br />
(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Boys soccer players practice Monday, June 11, on the renovated fields at Community Park in Moreno Valley.
    (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Moreno Valley Select Crew’s Anahy Martinez laughs during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Moreno Valley Select Crew’s Anahy Martinez laughs during a Monday, June 11, practice on the recently reopened Community Park fields.(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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As for the $2.6 million renovation of the fields’ synthetic turf, the project was completed in May, a month ahead of schedule, said Patti Solano, director of parks and community services. A grand reopening celebration was June 4.


The original artificial turf was about 10 years old and needed replacing, Solano said. The new surface is engineered with less rubber to make the fields feel cooler to the feet of the numerous young athletes who practice and play games there, she said.


The soccer fields log a combined 2,800 hours of use each year and get more than 200,000 visits from players and spectators, Solano said.


However, Moreno Valley City Councilman Jeffrey Giba questioned whether the city needed to spend as much money as it did on the renovation.


“We spent $2.6 million on soccer fields when 51 square miles of our city needs slurry seal and repairs for our streets,” Giba said.


In this map/aerial view of Moreno Valley Community Park, the location of the planned skate park is indicated in blue. (Courtesy of city of Moreno Valley)
In this map and aerial view of Moreno Valley Community Park, the location of the planned skate park is indicated in blue, near Frederick Street and Cottonwood Avenue. (Courtesy of city of Moreno Valley)

In any event, next up is a skate park that Solano said could cost the city in the neighborhood of $500,000. It would go in Community Park, next to the parking lot and restroom building.


Construction is tentatively set to start in January and wrap up in summer 2019, she said.


An architect made three conceptual drawings, which will be shared with the community next week, Solano said. That meeting is set for 4 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at the Cottonwood Golf Center, 13671 Frederick St.


“Each concept is basically a different shape,” Solano said.


Each design features a “continuous flow” of half pipes and rails “so that they can do their tricks,” as well as benches for spectators, she said.


Moreno Valley officials will choose a design by early July, after hearing from residents, Solano said.


Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez (File photo)
Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez (File photo)

Gutierrez said the skating project is being driven by the city’s youth.


Earlier this year, he said, Valley View High School students submitted petitions with more than 1,000 signatures asking for a skate park. Soon after, hundreds of Canyon Springs and Moreno Valley high school students weighed in with similar requests.


“I didn’t even know this was something that they wanted,” Gutierrez said.


The city listened, though, he said, and architectural drawings were based on what students said should be included.


Today, there’s one skate park in the vicinity of Moreno Valley, at March Air Reserve Base.


“This one’s going to be a little more centrally located,” Gutierrez said.


Patti Solano, Moreno Valley director of parks and community services, points out the location for a planned amphitheater behind the city's Conference and Recreation Center. City officials are considering building a 600-seat amphitheater to host community events. (Photo by David Downey, staff)
Patti Solano, Moreno Valley director of parks and community services, points out the location for a planned amphitheater behind the city’s Conference and Recreation Center. City officials are considering building a 600-seat amphitheater to host community events. (Photo by David Downey, staff)

The mayor said officials also are considering building a 600-seat amphitheater behind the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center at Frederick Street and Alessandro Boulevard.


It would host open-air concerts, movies and holiday events, Solano said.


“We will be able to hold the snow day festivities there and the tree lighting,” she added.


“People want a gathering place,” Solano said. “They want a place to go and meet others.”


That’s what the amphitheater would be, she said.


Details are sketchy, as the project is in the preliminary idea stage. It would cost between $3 million and $6 million to build an amphitheater, Solano said.


Gutierrez said residents often ask him how the city intends to pay for an amphitheater and skate park, and he tells them there is money in a park development fee account for both projects.


Officials are counting on the amphitheater to bring culture to Moreno Valley.


“Not only is it going to bring arts to the city, it’s also going to support music groups and drama groups in the school district,” Gutierrez said.


Though Gutierrez called Alessandro and Frederick “a great location,” Giba said it’s too flat.


Giba suggested a better place would be the Moreno Valley Ranch golf course site in the southeastern part of the city or the grassy knoll at Moreno Valley College — where there are natural bowls.


SKATE PARK MEETING 


What: Moreno Valley officials will unveil three architectural drawings for a proposed skate park at Moreno Valley Community Park and seek the public’s input.


When: 4 p.m., Thursday, June 21.


Where: Cottonwood Golf Center, 13671 Frederick St., Moreno Valley.


Who: Skateboarders and the general public are invited.