Parks Improve our Quality of Life
Our opinion that the Quality of Life in Riverside is one of the best in the region has been backed up by the City’s recent Quality of Life Survey results. According to this year’s survey, “Riverside’s residents overwhelmingly feel that Riverside is a good place to live and raise a family, and they strongly believe in the City’s schools, colleges and universities”. In addition to this, 90.4 percent of the citizens surveyed believe that Riverside is a good place to be active and healthy.
Our newest park is the Ryan Bonamino Park at the Tequesquite Arroyo and is a perfect example of why this is so. Located in a natural arroyo leading to the Santa Ana river bottom, the new park boasts two new baseball fields, a basketball court, walking paths, picnic areas, open grass space, an alkali meadow, and the Tequesquite Community Garden. The park also serves as the gateway to the Santa Ana River bike trails, and provides ample parking for walkers who enjoy hiking in Mount Rubidoux Park. This park represents a collaborative effort between the residents of the Wood Streets and the City’s Parks department. All of the elements that contribute to making this park a success were ideas from residents working to create a space that provided something for everyone.
Our favorite space is the Tequesquite Community Garden which is the brainchild of the Wood Streets Green Team. This is a fabulous collaborative effort between the city and the Wood Streets Community. The garden will provide a space for educational programs for local children and amateur gardeners, as well as a sustainable option for growing food for both families and the community. By working with the residents to create this wonderful space, the City has shown why they are able to win so many awards worldwide for their quality of life.
For more information on the Tequesquite Community Garden, and applications for memberships and plot assignments visit the Wood Streets Green Team webpage.