City Manager Message - Summer 2018
Ontario has many events and programs in each of our city facilities for you to enjoy this summer. Here are a few highlights I would like to share with all of you.
We are excited to announce that we have created a new agency that will focus on creating a vibrant community with an appreciation for art. The new Community Life & Culture Agency will bring the Ontario City Library, Recreation & Community Services Department, Ontario Museum of History & Art and the burgeoning arts and culture program all under one umbrella so there will be synergy and consistency of programmatic elements to the community.
The focus of the Community Life & Culture Agency will be to enhance and enrich community life, whether it’s through sports, art exhibits, or children’s story times. All of the work of the Agency is an integral part of community life in Ontario. The Community Life & Culture Agency embraces the diverse cultural backgrounds that create our vibrant community and build a stronger Ontario. We look forward to working with our various community stakeholders in enhancing the quality of programs that make Ontario a great place to live, work, and play.
On March 30, we unveiled our new dog park at the Whispering Lakes Golf Course, located at 2525 E. Riverside Drive. The new park offers newly planted trees that will mature into shade trees over the picnic tables and benches, drinking fountains, doggy stations, leash holders, and dog toys. Through development of parks like this, we continue to improve our amenities that we offer to the entire community. Residents can also enjoy the Schimmel Dog Park, located within John Galvin Park at 950 N. Cucamonga Avenue.
The Summer Series lineup at Ontario Town Square is now available! Be sure to join in on the fun for our annual Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park beginning May 30 thru August 10. Every Wednesday, enjoy live bands, vendors, food, and family fun activities for all ages. On Fridays, bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy one of your favorite movies at Ontario Town Square. For the entire event lineup, view page 60 of the Ontario Living Magazine or visit www.ontariotownsquare.org.
Come enjoy the Independence Day festivities with the City of Ontario on Wednesday, July 4. The annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 9 AM followed by Blast at the Ontario Town Square at 10:30 AM with the Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band. That evening, come join your fellow neighbors and community members at Westwind Park for the Fireworks Spectacular. For more information, please call the Ontario Recreation & Community Services Department at (909) 395-2020.
Another exciting event coming this summer is Ontario’s National Night Out, which will be held on August 7, 2018. This event involves all segments of our community in building a healthier and safer community and generates support for anti-crime programs and strengthens community relations. For more information about this event, contact the Ontario Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (909) 395-2939 or visit www.ontarionightout.org.
The summer months bring extreme heat warnings to our area. We have designated city facilities as official cooling centers during the summer to help the community beat the heat and stay hydrated. For more information on how to protect yourself during heat waves and to stay prepared, visit www.readyontario.com or contact your local community center.
It is an exciting time to be in Ontario and I strongly encourage you to participate in the many community events our City has to offer!