The Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) was formed in 1956 to provide wastewater services to the Jurupa Valley area of western Riverside County. In 1966, services expanded to include water system planning and operations. Over the years, the District’s total service area grew and is currently over 40 square miles and contains approximately 133,000 residents and various commercial/industrial facilities.
As the service area known as the “Eastvale Area” grew, several residents reached out to JCSD to inquire about the possibility of adding parks and recreation services to their responsibilities. As a result, in 1996, JCSD worked with the County of Riverside to formulate the Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Plan for the Eastvale area. Revised multiple times over the next seven years, the plan ultimately included creation of a park territory, design of a complex park system, and funding mechanisms for development and ongoing maintenance through special assessments.
In 2003, the first JCSD park – McCune Family Park – was constructed. Over the next few years, five additional parks were constructed, and the JCSD park system was beginning to take shape. As the Eastvale area continued to grow in population, JCSD identified the need to develop a department to manage the design and maintenance of existing and future parks, as well as offer resident’s recreation programs, events, and activities. To that end, in 2007, the JCSD Parks & Recreation Department was formally established and has been providing award winning parks, programs, and services to the Eastvale community ever since.
The JCSD Parks & Recreation Department currently consists of three divisions: 1) Administration; 2) Park/Facility Maintenance and Operations; and 3) Recreation / Community Services. Collectively, we’re responsible for providing recreation programs, activities, and special events; managing over 250 acres of parkland, which includes 15 parks, first-class athletic fields, two splash pads, trails, a 30,000 square foot community center, a 6,500 square foot activity center, and a 2.5-acre special event venue; graffiti abatement; and maintaining over 4 million square feet of frontage landscaping.
In 2015, the JCSD Parks & Recreation Department became one of just five agencies in California to obtain accreditation through the National Recreation and Park Association’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Accredited agencies must repeat this process every five years. JCSD was up for reaccreditation in 2020 but requested and received an extension until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 10, 2021, the CAPRA Commission formally approved JCSD’s CAPRA reaccreditation. Impressively, we scored 100% on the assessment by meeting all 154 standards.
The JCSD Parks & Recreation Department strives to efficiently and effectively utilize available resources in the development and maintenance of quality park facilities and provide safe, fun and diverse recreational opportunities which enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
The vision of the JCSD Parks & Recreation Department is to deliver recreation and leisure opportunities that will improve the health and well-being of the community and to serve as stewards of the environment by managing and protecting our resources through the following:
- Recreation programs and activities that inspire personal growth, healthy lifestyles, and a sense of community
- Safe parks and facilities that meet the diverse community needs.
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