MECCA – Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, the Riverside County Facilities Management Department and the Desert Recreation District invite the community to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mecca Regional Sports Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30.
The ceremony will mark the start of construction of the 6.67-acre park, adjacent to the Mecca Boys & Girls Club. Parking will be available at the Mecca Boys & Girls Club at 91-391 Avenue 66, Mecca, CA 92254.
The future park will feature multipurpose fields and walking paths with lighting, playgrounds, a splash pad, sand volleyball courts, exercise stations, and a lighted kiosko, which will provide a space to gather. Other features include: restrooms, a concession building, lighted picnic shelters, picnic tables, bicycle racks, drinking fountains, perimeter fencing, and trash receptacles.
“The Mecca Regional Sports Park will create a new active green space and additional recreation opportunities,” said Supervisor Perez. “Another great thing about this project is that it also came from the ground up, with a series of conversations and discussions that took place with the community. It’s the community who decided what they wanted to have, what they would like to see with this park project. We invite all to come out and celebrate this great day for the community of Mecca!”
The $6.7 million project is largely made possible with a $5.8 million state grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, awarded to Riverside County in 2020. Other funding sources include Riverside County Transportation Department funding and Community Development Block Grant funding.
The project is expected to take eight months to complete, with the goal of opening in December 2022.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.