Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space district was recognized July 17 with the 2011 NACPRO Award of Excellence for improvements at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park. Each year, the National Association of Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) recognizes “excellence in Park and Recreation endeavors throughout the nation at county levels for many successful park and recreation facilities, programs, and services.” The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, and the District was one of only two recipients in the category of Park and Recreation Facility – Class II for populations larger than 500,000.
Rancho Jurupa Regional Park is situated along the Santa Ana River and is located adjacent to the Riverside County Regional Park District Headquarters. Just one-mile South of Mission Boulevard on Crestmore Road, the 200-acre park features 140 individual and group campsites, flourishing cottonwood trees, meadows, and two 3-acre lakes. Day use is also available for activities, including a splash pad, hiking and biking trails, fishing (trout during the colder seasons and catfish in the warmer months), and a miniature golf course.
Recent additions include 6 cabins, natural climbing areas, a disc-golf course and two large picnic areas for group events and activities. Current expansion efforts include a new sports park, featuring 15 athletic fields of various sizes, including four synthetic turf fields, a snack bar, picnic shelters and a playground.
For more information about NACPRO, visit www.nacpro.org. For more information about Lake Skinner Recreation Area, call the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District at (951) 955-4310 or visit Lake Skinner Recreation Area’s page.