Meg Foley - March 2009
The Covington Park Community Building received a much needed facelift last year thanks to the Hummingbird Moon Lodge of Morongo Valley. This incredible group of ladies created the design, developed the color scheme and painted for weeks in the summer heat. They also painted the pavilion, which will prolong the life of the unpainted timbers. All of their efforts were completed with donations of cash and materials and volunteer labor.

Hummingbird, Cheryl Jordan, felt inspired to transform an old, dank storage space into the “Morongo Valley Children’s Library.” She spearheaded efforts to install shelves and carpeting, stock books and create a unique art, theatre and reading program. Cheryl’s vision garnered grant funding to purchase more books and hire three local teens to assist with the burgeoning group. Holland Villalobos, Theresa Fox and Britney Sessum continue to offer able assistance to “Miss Cheryl.”

Soon after the Children’s Library opened, grant funds were released to repave the breezeway, install the new doors and new vinyl flooring in the Senior Nutrition Dining Room, Kitchen and Multi Purpose Room. We recently installed an Air/Conditioner/Heater system to replace the extremely noisy, ineffective wall heaters and rattling swamp coolers that were decades old. Handicapped accessible restrooms and side walks are slated for the Park thanks to grant funding for a per capita Bond Act. A hold was put on the moneys during the State budget shortfall. Treasurer Bill Lockyer issued a statement on Feb. 20 pledging maximum effort to revive infrastructure financing. He cautions that “restoration of Bond-funded projects will take time” and anticipates a clearer view of the State’s cash flow situation in a few weeks when “ my office will be better able to decide how fast, and to what extent, we can restore the flow of bond money…” Let’s hope we will be able to further improve Covington Park in the near future when grant funds are released.

Come and enjoy the improvements.

  Covington Park is truly an oasis in the desert community of Morongo Valley. It has been cherished for over 40 years as a community park. The grant funds received from California Integrated Waste Management along with County and State grants, have allowed the District to dramatically improve the safety and design of the Park so that it is accessible to all residents.

  In 2004, the Moronogo Valley Community Services District, in conjunction with a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) refurbished the Covington Park Playground. Grant funds from the CIWMB were used to purchase and install rubber surfacing for the playground. Two types of surfacing were used: a solid poured-in-place flexible material and a shredded rubber mulch. Both products were made entirely of recycled California tire rubber. Over 1,600 tires were used to create the mulch. Approximately 1,200 tires make-up the solid poured-in-place pathway. This surfacing provides a clean, safe play area as well as accessibility for the physically disabled.

Layout for new Covington Park Playground begins
Forms for ADA pathways, curbs and footings for new playground equipment are installed this week. - 3/10/2004
Volunteers Take MV Playground To Next Stage
After months of designing, planning and raising funds through grants by the CSD, over 20 volunteers showed up last Thursday to pour concrete for the pathway of the new playground at Covington Park. Volunteers included concrete finishers, local contractors and any one who could help. - 6/10/2004
This week the rubber compound was applied to the paths and the playground equipment is being installed. There is still much work ahead to finish the project, but for now at least some progress can be seen. This is especially valuable for the armchair critics that have been consistently complaining that volunteers have not been working fast enough to finish the playground. More news soon.

  The Morongo Valley CSD initiated the rehabilitation of its Covington Park playground area due to unsafe playground equipment, grossly inadequate fall zones, and the inaccessible nature of the playground layout.

  The District was able to secure three grants for this large community project. The first grant was funded through the San Bernardino County CDBG Program. A grant for equipment in the amount of $36,000.00 allowed for the purchase of equipment for three distinct age group areas, one transitional area, and one swing area. The CIWMB grant in the amount of $25,000.00 allowed for the purchase of recycled rubber product to provide clean, safe, and accessible fall areas. Additionally, the use of the rubber provided a pathway linking the play areas as well as created a theme for the “nature park”. Funding from the 2002 Bond Act has allowed for additional rehabilitation, providing sprinklers, lighting, sidewalks, landscaping, tables and benches. All playground equipment has been installed per current California public playground safety and ADA requirements. Rubber fall material has been installed as required based upon equipment height. Poured-in-place rubber surfacing was also used for connecting pathways between play areas. Age-appropriate play areas have been designated to further support a safe environment. The recycled rubber most notably, is providing a clean and inviting area for children of all ages. The rubber mulch was ordered in six colors and then hand-mixed to give the appearance of natural landscaping. The recycled rubber along with the farmed trees that Kompan uses for the construction of their “Big Toys” playground equipment line support the District’s commitment to the environment and serve as an example to the community of the value of recycled goods.

  The Morongo Valley Community Services District has continued the development of the Covington Park Playground and surrounding picnic areas. Utilizing funding from their State 2002 Bond Act, new concrete tables and benches have been installed. A concrete pathway is being installed in phases in order to complete the Park’s ADA objectives. Twenty-five fifteen gallon trees were planted the week of March 14, 2005 to provide shade for the playground. Additionally, the restroom facility is being replaced by a new structure that will reduce water and paper usage. The District is committed to setting an example for the community by improving energy efficiency as well. The District hired a full-time groundskeeper in August 2004 to insure the maintenance of the Park and playground facility.

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