Volume 24 | June 12-15, 2017
City's First Inclusive Playground to Open to the Public on June 19

The City’s first inclusive playground and zip line for children of all abilities will be dedicated at Shadow Mountain Park on June 19 at 10 a.m.

The new playground equipment features thoughtful and innovative equipment designed to serve the physical, social, sensory, cognitive, and emotional needs of children of all abilities. The park also includes a 100’ zip line to allow all children to experience the thrill of flying through the air.

Inclusive playgrounds inspire development of understanding, acceptance, and the building of common ground between children of all abilities.

Shadow Mountain Park is located at 23239 Presidio Hills in Moreno Valley. 

Please visit the City’s website or call the Parks & Community Services Department at 951.413.3280 for more information about Shadow Mountain Park.

Animal Shelter Makes it Easier to Reunite With Lost Pets Over July 4th 

Residents of Moreno Valley will have an easier time reuniting with their lost pets over the Fourth of July holiday due to special appointment hours at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter.

Residents can make an appointment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, July 3 to pick up their pets lost over the weekend due to fireworks and other issues. Appointments can be made by calling the shelter at 951-413-3790. Owners of lost pets can also leave a message after hours. Calls will be returned to set up an appointment to pick up lost pets.

The special appointment hours will reduce the time lost pets will have to spend in the shelter over the Fourth of July holiday. The shelter is normally closed on Sundays and Mondays, and with the Fourth of July holiday falling on Tuesday this year, pet owners would have had to wait until Wednesday, July 5 to reclaim their pets without the added appointment hours.

In addition to the special appointment hours on July 3, pet owners can also reclaim lost pets on Saturday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, July 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The shelter will be closed Sunday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 4.

Residents who lost pets can visit the City’s website or www.petharbor.com to see if their pet has been taken to the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter. Found pets can be brought to the Animal Shelter to be scanned for a microchip, which will assist shelter staff in locating the owner.

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter urges residents to make the safety of their pets a priority during Fourth of July festivities and avoid a trip to the shelter.

  • Keep pets safe from fireworks noise by keeping them in a quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof area of your home.

  • Do not take your pet with you to watch fireworks.

  • Microchip your pet for permanent identification. Keep a current pet license or ID of your pet in the event your pet becomes lost. The Animal Shelter can microchip your pet for just $16.

  • Never leave a pet alone inside a vehicle – even with the windows slightly open. Temperatures inside cars rise quickly and can cause your pet to die from heatstroke.

  • Walk your pet in the early morning when temperatures are cooler. Do not walk your pet on hot asphalt or concrete. Old and overweight pets should be kept in cooled rooms.

  • Provide plenty of shade and fresh water to your pets at all times. 

To make an appointment to pick up your lost pet please call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951-413-3790. Owners of lost pets can leave a message after hours. Calls will be returned to arrange an appointment to pick up lost pets. The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter is located at 14041 Elsworth Street.

Beat the Heat at Moreno Valley's Cooling Centers 

With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures to reach triple-digits in parts of Riverside County over the next seven to 10 days, health officials are urging the community to take precautions against the heat.

Moreno Valley residents can take refuge from the heat at cooling centers located at the Moreno Valley Public Library and the Moreno Valley Senior Center.

Moreno Valley Public Library

25480 Alessandro Boulevard


Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

Moreno Valley Senior Center

25075 Fir Avenue


Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the first prolonged heat wave of the year, and health officials are concerned residents may not be prepared.

Officials are urging residents to take the following precautions:

  • Drink water to prevent dehydration
  • Avoid direct sunlight and stay indoors when possible
  • Close blinds or curtains to minimized the heat
  • Visit a mall, library, or restaurant to stay cool
  • Do not leave children, elderly or disable individuals, or pets inside unattended vehicles

High temperatures can be hazardous for many people, especially for the elderly and those with medical conditions. Heat-related injuries such as heatstroke, an illness that occurs when the body can no longer regulate its temperature, can strike fast and post life-threatening consequences.

Farragut Avenue Receives Makeover with New Asphalt, Sidewalks

Farragut Avenue recently received a complete makeover with new curbs, sidewalks, driveways, and a completely repaved asphalt street. 

A new waterline was also installed along Farragut from Elsworth Street to Sherman Avenue. 

The Moreno Valley City Council recently designated Community Development Block Grant funds for the project’s design and construction.

Lane striping along Farragut is expected to be completed this week.

Small Business Workshop: Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017

The City of Moreno Valley is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to host three workshops to benefit local businesses.

The first in the series, Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017, will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

The workshop is designed to help Moreno Valley businesses stand out from the crowd in order to reach their profit and performance goals.

The workshop will feature a meet and greet with representatives with the SBA, the region’s top business experts from the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, and Inland Empire SCORE.

Participants will learn from experts how to increase customers and revenue, market to the right customer, and sell abroad. Participants will be able to ask questions specific to their business needs in this interactive setting.

Additional workshops in the series:

July 27 - SBA Contracting

August 24 - Accessing Capital.

Workshops are held at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center located at 14075 Frederick Street. These SBA workshops are offered in addition to monthly SBDC and SCORE workshops offered in partnership with the City.

For a schedule of upcoming workshops, please visit www.morenovalleybusiness.com/events.

The City also offers monthly workshops on improving resume writing and interview skills for jobseekers at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center through the Hire MoVal program.