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San Bernardino's Newest Park is Seeing Heavy Use

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., July 13, 2017 — It has only been open for two months, but Bryce E. Hanes Park and Jon Cole Skate Park are already seeing heavy use.

“Each day we’re seeing at least 200 adults and children enjoying the park during the week, and the numbers are even higher on weekends,” said Gil Navarro, vice president of San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.

The 2.8-acre park, located on the northwest corner of 9th and E Streets, opened May 13.

Bryce E. Hanes Park is named in honor of a beloved husband, father and award winning San Bernardino Police Officer who was killed on duty in 2015 at the age of 39 when his patrol car was struck by a drunken motorist.

The new 2.8-acre park also includes the Jon Cole Skate Park, which is named after a 21-year-old skater who died in 2011 while trying to save his mother and step father from fallen power lines. 

The park was designed with extensive community input. It includes a soccer practice field, basketball courts, climbing structures and a splash pad that recycles water to irrigate different types of Water Saving Garden Friendly trees and plants. The park also includes shaded picnic areas and fitness stations for adults.

The park also features memorial plaques, which describe Bryce Hanes and Jon Cole and their contributions to San Bernardino.

The $5 million grant-funded park was built through a successful partnership between the City of San Bernardino and San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, which modified an existing joint powers authority in 2013 to build and manage the park. For more information, please visit

Douglas Headrick
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
(909) 387-9226

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