Temecula dedicates new park in Roripaugh Ranch neighborhood

From left, Temecula city councilman Jeff Comerchero, Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards and Temecula Community Services Commissioner Zak Schwank tour the new Skyview Park during a grand opening event, Oct. 21. The new park is located at 31991 Roripaugh Valley Road in Temecula. Shane Gibson photo

The city of Temecula celebrated the dedication of a new park in the Roripaugh Ranch neighborhood Saturday, Oct. 21, with comments from city members, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and activities for young children.

The 5.1-acre Skyview Park is located at 31991 Roripaugh Valley Road. The park offers a basketball court, picnic tables, equipment for children to climb on and a large circular area that opens up to a view of fields and hills on the northeastern portion of the city. The park is also covered in a drought-tolerant mixture of native and water-hardy plants rather than grass.

Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards made some remarks at the beginning of the park dedication Saturday.

“This is a phenomenal park, and different than any park we have,” Edwards said, noting that the view of the surrounding area was exceptional.

The event gave members of the Temecula Community Services District the chance to reflect on their work.

“This is the first park that our commission gets to dedicate in the city, and I’m really excited about the layout of this park, what it represents and what it means for our city,” Temecula Community Services District Chair Zak Schwank said. “You sort of come up here and you can really imagine bringing your lunch up here and just hanging out and relaxing for a while, and soaking in the views.”

Skyview Park is one of about 40 parks in the city so far, but Commissioner Dale Borgeson can remember a time when there was just one – the Ronald Reagan Sports Park on Rancho California Road. That soon changed after the city’s incorporation in 1989, he said.

“There were so many parks really quickly,” Borgeson said. “In five or 10 years, I know it was in the double digits for sure. It was a big difference, and it certainly, for the citizens, made us feel like incorporation was the right move at the time.”

Commisisoner Eric Levine said he could already imagine the park being used.

“I think this is now my favorite park,” Levine said. “To look around, to see these spectacular panoramic views, to see and imagine all the families that are getting together, I just know that this is an awesome new re-beginning for Temecula.”

After the Community Services district members spoke, members of the city including Edwards and Councilmember Jeff Comerchero gathered together for a symbolic ribbon cutting.

Several children were already at the park, climbing and playing on some of the fixtures.

Some of the activities available to them after the ceremony included balloon tying and temporary tattoos.

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