RJM Design Group assisted the City with the community outreach required for the Grant Application. The City of Ontario was awarded $3M in Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant to create a new Civic Center Conservation Park. The Conservation Park is located in the Civic Center adjacent to the newly renovated City Hall which received LEED Platinum Certification. The park will provide a public space where the multi-cultural and multi-generational community can gather to engage in the opportunities for social, cultural, and environmental educational activities and programs.
The facilities and potential programming that will be experienced at the Civic Center Community Conservation Garden are as follows:
Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater will be used for both educational programming and small cultural performance.
Rain Water Collection and Water Wise Garden will focus on water conservation programs information and help the community understand the importance of water and the various ways that water conservation techniques can be implemented in the typical home garden landscape. Vegetative Swale provides a demonstration on how to capture and treat storm water run-off to improve water quality.
California Native Garden will provide a wide selection of native plant material suggested for residential application, which can be beautiful and require very little water.
Wind Sculpture/Solar Panels will provide creative examples of alternative energy methods to help reduce our dependence on our natural resources.
Interpretive Trail, Conservation Art Wall and Historic Area will provide interpretive signage and conservation information, as well as historical background about the regions early settlers, such as the “Colony Lands and the Chaffey Brothers”.