During the virtual “State of the City,” Mayor Raymond Gregory spoke about the city council’s determination to improve the quality of our outdoor spaces. The City has already started by bringing new art sculptures to Panorama Park, refurbishing the Rainbow Crossing near the bell tower, and putting out the call for artists to paint benches and trash receptacles at the public library and at Memorial Park. Moving forward, the city council is working to create two new dog parks – one at Panorama Park on the north side of the city and one on the southside to replace the current temporary dog park.
Additionally, the city council has asked staff to bring proposals for shade structures over the existing play equipment at both Panorama and Century Parks, expand the size of the basketball court at Panorama Park, and install lighting and resurface the parking lot at Century Park. The city council has authorized the restoration of the Mayor Gregory S. Pettis Fountain of Life and interactive splash play safety surface. The rehabilitation has been delayed due to supply shortages, but construction should begin in June.
And now that COVID-19 protocols are subsiding, the city council has asked staff to bring contracts forward to allow public swimming at Cathedral City High School during the summer of 2022. Finally, the city council will provide funding for the Parks and Community Events Commission to offer small community events at our neighborhood parks in the next fiscal year that starts in July.