Volume 106 | February 11 - February 15, 2019
New Interactive Parks Map Makes Reservations - and Recreation - Easy
Moreno Valley residents can now visit the City's new Digital Parks Interactive Map to learn about the City's 38 parks and what they have to offer, and to reserve facilities for birthday parties, baby showers and many other events.
Residents no longer have to visit the City’s Parks and Community Services Department to make reservations for park picnic shelters. Reservations – and payment – can be done easily online through the City's new Digital Parks Interactive Map .
In addition to park amenities and pictures of the City's parks, the interactive map also shows a calendar of availability of all of the City’s rentable facilities, including banquet halls.
“We have combined technology with our commitment to recreation to create a tool to make enjoying our City’s parks as easy as the click of a mouse," said Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez.

For more information about the City’s new interactive Parks map or other Parks related information, visit the Parks and Community Services Department website at www.MoValParks.org or call 951.413.3280.

Sidewalks Improved Near Schools
A federal grant recently helped the City to improve several sidewalks near schools, sidewalks near schools, making it easier for students, parents and teachers to walk and bike to school.

The City received federal grant funding through the California Active Transportation Program (ATP) to complete the improvements.

New sidewalks were constructed at the following locations:

  • The north side of Dracaea Avenue between Lasselle Street and Morrison Street
  • The south side of Eucalyptus Avenue between Lasselle Street and Morrison Street
  • The south side of Sandy Glade Avenue between Heacock Street and Davis Street
  • The east side of Elsworth Street between Cottonwood Avenue and Dracaea Avenue
  • The north side of Ironwood Avenue west of Kitching Street.

These improvements were designed to make pedestrian and bicycle traffic safer near Bear Valley, Cloverdale, Moreno, and Towngate Elementary Schools, Midland Middle and Mountain View Middle Schools, and Valley View High School. 
City Awarded Grant to Help Elementary Students Learn to Code
The City of Moreno Valley was recently awarded a $180,000 grant to help local elementary school students learn computer coding.

Coding is the computer language used to develop apps, websites and software. Without coding, we would not have any of the major technologies, including smart phones, music streaming, and video chatting, on which so many of us now depend.

The grant, provided from the California Department of Education, will help more than 120 students in the City’s afterschool programs at Moreno Valley Unified and Val Verde Unified School Districts learn valuable computer skills to be better prepared for the workplace of the future.

Computer coding classes will be rolled out at Serrano, Columbia, and Edgemont Elementary Schools this year as a result of the three-year grant.
City Interns Get Hands-on Look at the Moreno Valley Fire Department
The Moreno Valley Fire Department recently hosted Fire Day for the M.A.P.P.E.D. interns to teach the students about how the City provides fire service to its residents.

M.A.P.P.E.D., which is short for the Mayor’s Apprenticeship Program Promoting Employment Development, provides high school students of all abilities with support, training, and work experience to help them excel after high school.

The 12-week program is designed for students with mild to moderate special needs, are English learners, or who come from a lower socio-economic status.

Participants are students in the Moreno Valley Unified School District currently participating in the district’s school to work transition program. Students who successfully complete the program will receive up to a $500 stipend depending on the number of work hours completed.

Fire Day included a hands-on demonstration with rescue equipment used by firefighters and an overview of a fire engine, squad, and truck. Students were also given the opportunity to ask firefighters questions.
Police Officers Help Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges
Members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 281 earned a public safety badge after their visit to the Moreno Valley Police Station.

Officers gave the scouts a tour of the facility and answered questions about law enforcement and what it takes to become a police officer.

Thanks for stopping by Troop 281!

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter: Pet of the Week
Each week the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights a pet available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

Coffee (#A492737) is a wonderful one-year-old Lhasa Apso. She is the perfect pick-me-up to make your day better.

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at 14041 Elsworth Street to inquire about adopting Coffee or other pets in search of lifelong companions.