Volume 31 | July 31 - August 4, 2017

Hike to the Top Draws More than 70 Hikers

More than 70 hikers – including a 2-year-old who was along for the ride on her dad’s back - participated in the July 29 hike to Hidden Springs as part of the City’s Hike to the Top series.

The Moreno Valley Recreational Trails Board’s Hike to the Top program offers six free guided hikes throughout the year.

The 3.3-mile round trip hike to Hidden Springs was led by Gilbert Brooks, and Margie and Fred Breitkreuz. Hikers were accompanied by Recreational Trail Board members Vivian Joneswhye-Brock and Sarah Martinez along with City staff and Emergency Response Force volunteers who were on hand to provide water and first aid.

The hikes provide residents with the opportunity to explore the City’s trail system, get in shape, and meet new people – all while being guided by experienced hikers.

The next hike in the series is the Hike to Lake Perris on September 23, 2017.

This challenging 7.2-mile round trip hike starts at 7:30 a.m. at the front parking lot of Ridgecrest Elementary School, 28500 John F. Kennedy Drive, Moreno Valley.

Our last hike of the year is Hike to Box Springs M Trail on October 28, 2017.  This is a difficult 4.8-mile hike which has elevation changes.  Hikers will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the west side of campus at Canyon Springs High School, 23100 Cougar Canyon Drive, Moreno Valley.

Please contact the Parks Maintenance Division on 951. 413-3703 with any questions. 

Hundreds Turn Out for National Night Out

Hundreds of Moreno Valley residents turned out on August 1 to meet their local police officers, firefighters, and neighbors as part of the City's National Night Out celebration. 

Over the last three decades, National Night Out has been helping build and strengthen relationships between our police and fire departments and the communities they protect by bringing people together in a fun, casual environment. It also provides a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors. Stronger relationships result in safer, more caring neighborhoods and cities.

Moreno Valley's finest caravanned to three different locations across the City this year to enjoy a bite to eat, conversation, and even a little one-on-one basketball with residents.  

For more information about the National Night Out program, visit their website at https://natw.org/. 

Local Police Explorers Graduate from 20th Annual Explorer Academy 

Nine Moreno Valley Police Explorers graduated from the 20th Annual Explorer Academy, capping an intensive week of physical training, firearms instruction and other law enforcement education at the live-in academy.

The Moreno Valley Police Explorer Program provides young people between the ages of 14 and 21 a hands-on look at what a career in law enforcement is really like. Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America.

Officers Brooks, Moreno, Reilly and Willner train the police explorers throughout the year on everything from police-community relations and traffic stops to accident investigation and defensive driving techniques.

Explorers also give back to the community through numerous volunteer efforts, including the Public Safety Expo, the Fourth of July parade and Family FunFest, and National Night Out.

20th Annual Explorer Academy Graduates from the Moreno Valley Police Department:

Arkel Brown

Mercedes Flores

Maria Gallardo

Angel Gonzalez

Hanna Gouvion

Anthony Munguia

Miranda Murrillo

Zachary Navarro

Kennia Rainey

Goretti Romero

Stedany Sevilla

Explorer Arkel Brown was awarded the Academy’s Top Physical Fitness Award and Explorer Zachery Navarro was awarded the Overall Achievement Award.

Congratulations to these young men and women on their achievement and continued dedication to serving our community.

To find out more information about the Moreno Valley Police Department Explorer Program and how you can make a difference, please call 951.486.6700 or email dmoreno@riversidesheriff.org.

Animal Shelter Dog Run Provides Lost, Stray Dogs Space to Run

A new canine exercise area at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter was recently completed to make the stay as comfortable as possible for lost and stray animals.

The addition, which features artificial turf and a two-sided dog run, was made possible by a $20,000 grant from our corporate partner, PetCo. 

Radio Communications Tower Added to Meet Future Technology Needs

The City of Moreno Valley is in the process of building a permanent radio communications tower just above the “M” on Box Springs Mountain in order to meet future technology needs as the City continues to expand.


The permanent facility will replace the leased tower space the City has relied on since 1999, insulating the City from leasing costs which have steadily increased over the years.


The project includes a new equipment building, an 80-foot high tower, a backup generator, and security fencing.


The tower is anticipated to be completed later this month.

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

Each week the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights a cat and a dog available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

This week's Pets of the Week are Barry and Iris.

Barry (#A476347) is a cute one-year-old Cavalier Spaniel mix that would love to become your best friend.

Iris (#A475953) is a sweet eighteen-month-old domestic shorthair cat that can provide you with purrs and happiness.

Watch the Pets of the Week video.

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

Call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790 or visit the City’s website for more information about adopting.

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