Rancho Cucamonga Seal

By Liset Márquez
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/24/16 – 9:05 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> A new city department and the return of the Red Hill Park lake were among the upcoming developments touted by Mayor Dennis Michael at his annual state-of-the-city address.

After more than two years since the lake was drained, the city will celebrate the reopening April 2, Michael announced Tuesday night.

Plans call for overhauling the pumping system and new circulation and aeration systems, which will constantly move water throughout the lake.

The lake will become a recycled water irrigation reservoir for a portion of the 44-acre green space. Solar panels would also be installed to offset energy costs.

“We are happy to bring this iconic feature in Rancho Cucamonga back to a source of pride and family-photo opportunities,” Michael said.

For this year’s state of the city, Michael’s focus was on “Leading by Innovation” and highlighted successes in the last year to business leaders and residents in attendance.

During the event, Michael announced the city was live streaming his speech on the Twitter application Periscope — “whatever that is, I’m not sure,” he acknowledged.

The annual event is organized by the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city. This year’s event featured an unusual title sponsor, the Ontario Convention Center, which provided the food.

Other key format changes included moving the address from a lunch gathering to the evening and holding it inside the Lewis Family Playhouse, which is celebrating a decade since opening.

Michael announced the expansion of the second story of the Paul Biane Library will be completed in the fall and the construction of Los Amigos Park is expected to begin this year.

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