A Message from the City Manager

Greetings -

I hope you are enjoying the holidays with your family, friends, and loved ones.

As we approach the New Year, the City welcomes incoming Mayor Zak Schwank who was chosen unanimously by the Temecula City Council to serve as Mayor of Temecula for 2023. The City Council also unanimously selected Council Member James “Stew” Stewart to serve as Mayor Pro Tem assuming mayoral duties in the event of Mayor Schwank’s absence. In addition, the City welcomes two new Council Members elected by the citizenry within their respective Districts and sworn in earlier this month. Newly elected Council Member Curtis Brown is a former Fire Chief for the City of Temecula, and newly elected Council Member Brenden Kalfus is a fire fighter and an arson investigator. Please read this press release for more information about our incoming Mayor and City leadership.

I've listed a few of the Capital Improvement Projects below that are in the pipeline for 2023. Many more projects can be found in the City's 5-Year Capital Improvement Program, including the French Valley Parkway Phase 2 Project which is scheduled to break ground in the Spring.

We anticipate 2023 to be a wonderful and busy year in our great City of Temecula.

Happy New Year!

-Aaron Adams, City Manager

Pavement Rehabilitation of Residential Streets – Temecula has 325.5 miles of roadways, encompassing over 8.8 million square yards of concrete and asphalt surfacing. The City has employed field surveys utilizing a Laser Road Surface Tester to evaluate the overall condition of the pavement to determine which roads are next on the schedule. The map above shows the residential streets that are currently undergoing a multi-step pavement overlay process. Please check this link for updated information on roadwork. Note that dates provided are oftentimes delayed due to inclement weather.

Mary Phillips Senior Center


(Project starting Spring 2023)

Renovations include new exterior siding, painting, replacement of perimeter soffits, fascia boards, eaves, and select doors and windows. 

Fire Station 84


(Project starting Spring 2023)

Renovations include adding a wellness room, expanding the storage room, improvements to the training room, and upgrades to garage bay doors, windows, flooring, paint, tile, HVAC, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures.

Community Recreation Center

New Splash Pad

(Project starting Spring 2023)

This project will construct a new splash pad, and add more shade structures.

Margarita Recreation Center

New Facility

(Project completion

Spring/Summer 2023)

It is anticipated construction of this new facility will be complete in Spring 2023, and its grand opening in Summer 2023 (after the building is furnished, equipped, and staff is trained). The new building will include a multipurpose room (with room divider), dance/fitness room, classroom, kitchen, restrooms with showers and changing areas, family restrooms, and more.

Additionally, The new center’s outdoor facilities will include multiple patio spaces surrounding a new community pool that measures approximately 45-foot by 75-foot (25-yard pool) with both a zero-depth entry and a diving board.


New Year's Eve Grape Drop

Sat., Dec. 31st, 6pm - 12:30am

Grape Drops: 9pm & Midnight

City Hall Quad

(41000 Main Street)

Ring in the new year Temecula-style with our nationally recognized Grape Drop symbolic for Southern California's Wine Country here in Temecula Valley. Celebrate 2023 twice with an East Coast (9pm) and West Coast (midnight) countdown. The New Year’s Eve Grape Drop will include live music, food vendors, and kid’s activities. Free Fun Zone will be open from 6-10pm. The forecast is currently calling for rain. Our goal is to have a New Year’s event celebration rain or shine, as long as it is safe to do so. This may shift times slightly as the situation demands. For any schedule changes, we will post updates on social media @TemeculaParksandRec.

Temecula on Ice

Now through Jan. 8th

City Hall Town Square Park

(41000 Main Street)

Temecula On Ice is here! Enjoy ice skating in Old Town Temecula on our very own outdoor ice rink. CLICK HERE to see how it was set up. For prices, hours, and more information, visit TemeculaCA.gov/TemeculaOnIce.

Temecula Welcome Center

28690 Mercedes Street #A (by City Hall)

Open Daily

Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm

Friday: 8am-8pm

Saturday: 9am-8pm

Sunday: 9am-6pm

(*Hours are subject to change)

While in Old Town, check out the Temecula Welcome Center. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to find out information about upcoming events and points of interest in Temecula. The Welcome Center is also a place where one can register for classes, and get information about local programs and services.

Art Off the Walls

Every First Friday of the Month

The Merc and the Lot on Main (42051 Main Street)

Art Off the Walls showcases art from a variety of artists exhibiting in multi-genre forms. There is also a reception for featured artists inside The Merc with live music and refreshments.

Click here for more information.

Cultural Connections

Temecula-Daisen Art Exchange Exhibit

Now through Jan. 22nd

Temecula Valley Museum

(28314 Mercedes Street)

This exhibit features artists from Temecula and Temecula's Sister City of Daisen, Japan. The artwork includes two different traditional Japanese art forms: E-tegami (simple hand-painted drawings accompanied by a few apt words done on postcards) and Chigiri-e (pictures created from hand-torn Japanese paper called washi).

Click here for more information about this exhibit and other Temecula Arts & Culture opportunities.

Mary Phillips Senior Center

(41845 6th Street)

Temecula is committed to offering quality services and programs to its residents. Along with events, groups, classes, and excursions, the MPSC offers a variety of resources to encourage healthy, active, and enriching lifestyles.

Visit TemeculaCA.gov/SeniorCenter or call 951-694-6480 ext. 6464 for information.

City of Temecula Announces $500,000 in Grants to Temecula Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

The City of Temecula has launched a grant funding program to provide training and funding to brick-and-mortar businesses located in Temecula. Grant Award recipients will receive $10,000 to assist with their digital presence. See below and click here for more Information.

See's Candies Expands in Temecula

2nd Store Open in Vail Ranch Plaza (32413 Temecula Pkwy #230)

We now have two See's Candies shops in Temecula -- the one we've enjoyed for years across from the Promenade Mall (26483 Ynez Road) and a second new store at the Vail Ranch Plaza (32413 Temecula Pkwy, #230).

See's Candies President/CEO Pat Egan visited Temecula for the Grand Opening and is pictured here with Christine Damko, Economic Development Manager.

community partners

Christmas Tree Collection

CR&R will be collecting Christmas Trees through January 6, 2023. This is a free service that allows residents to dispose of trees conveniently and properly after the holidays.

CR&R asks that all participating residents:

  • Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, tree stands
  • Cut the tree in half if over 6 feet tall
  • Place the cut tree into the green organics cart, bottom first and upright

Visit crrwasterservices.com for more information or call 800-755-8112.

Blood Drive

Thursday, January 5*

(other dates available too)


City Conference Center

(41000 Main Street)


The City of Temecula has partnered with the American Red Cross to host this blood drive. 

Participants must make an appointment before donating. Click here to schedule your blood donation.

*Other dates are available.

Rancho Water's New Gardening Website

Replacing your thirsty grass just got a whole lot easier! Rancho Water has launched Temecula Murrieta In Bloom - a new website to get inspired with hundreds of drought-tolerant plants, photo galleries, and contractor lists to get you on your way to a yard makeover. Visit RanchoInBloom.com.

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