City Manager Message - Spring 2019
We are blossoming with a lot of new offerings for our residents and businesses to enjoy throughout the city. Here are a couple of main highlights to let you know what is occurring in Ontario.
This year’s State of the City theme, “Elevate”, showcased how Ontario’s Mayor and City Council focus on investment, safety, innovation, community life, and opportunity. The event held on March 20, discussed Ontario’s commitment to public service; continued enhancements made at public facilities, residential and commercial neighborhoods; provide updates on future developments; and show how the City continues to be the most business-friendly City in all of Southern California. You can find recap videos from the event at www.ontariosoc.com.
Ontario’s plan to establish a smart city corridor in its historic downtown was given a major boost with the awarding of a $418,000 grant through the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Future Communities Pilot Program. The funding will support a series of integrated pilot projects designed to bring smart city applications to the downtown area, including a physical space – a hub – where community members, local companies and government agencies can access technology and data to better address issues and needs in the city and explore new innovation opportunities. This is an exciting time for revitalization in our downtown core.
On May 17, 2019 the city will be a host for the Amgen Tour of California, America’s premier professional cycling stage race. Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s elite cyclists will contest more than 750 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena. We are thrilled to once again host the stage start for both the men’s and women’s race from Ontario to Mt. Baldy. Please join us on this date and cheer on the cyclists.
As the weather gets sunnier I encourage all of you to get out and visit a local park in your neighborhood. Our parks system has lots of fun playgrounds, walking trails, sports fields, dog parks, and fitness equipment for all ages to enjoy. To find the park nearest you, visit www.ontarioca.gov/parks.
The Ontario Museum of History & Art recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to create a new exhibit called Built on Water: Ontario and Southern California. This exhibit will open in 2021 and is devoted to understanding the history, present, and future of water conservation in Ontario and the surrounding region. The Museum’s curatorial staff is excited to bring a new experience to the Ontario community and work on this rare opportunity to re-imagine space within the Museum.
Ontario’s Mayor and City Council are excited to welcome a new program to the Recreation & Community Services Department called the Ontario Youth Activities League. This program and its partners focus on collaborating to offer opportunities for our youth to be good citizens and develop the skills that lead to a healthy lifestyle. This experience will bring together youth under the guidance and positive influence of mentors reinforcing high ethical and moral values. For more information about this program and to get involved, please contact the Recreation & Community Services Department at (909) 395-2020.
Have a wonderful spring season and be sure to check out many of the programs, exhibits and events Ontario has to offer.