ground breaking

A week or so ago, I penned a blog extolling the many virtues of the beautifully serene parks we have within the City of Rancho Mirage’s borders. Well, I’m back with some exciting news! The eagerly anticipated expansion and upgrading of Rancho Mirage Community Park (formerly known as Whitewater Park) has finally begun!

On Saturday, November 8, at 2:30 p.m., members of the general public—as well as city leaders, including the City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the City Manager, the Director of Public Works, and the design team from Herman Design Group—were assembled at the park to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Officials estimate it will take approximately nine months to expand the existing park by three acres to the west, and to complete the addition of an outdoor amphitheater whose seating (including a terrace) will be able to welcome some 600 guests. The stage itself will be covered, and the extensive backstage area will include restroom facilities for both performers and attendees.

For those of you already fretting about change, not to worry: The basketball and tennis courts are staying put. But the children’s play area will be ameliorated with new pieces of equipment. Exercise stations and pickle ball courts will also be welcome additions.

The powers-that-be have apparently thought of everything, since access to the park will also be greatly improved. The renovated site will boast a grand arrival and drop-off area with a turnaround for vehicles, and there will be expanded parking as well as practical pedestrian promenades. And have I mentioned how green this newly designed park will be? The landscaping will consist chiefly of desert plantings, with a state-of-the-art, automated irrigation system in place alongside LED landscape and parking lot lighting.