Moreno Valley, CA
Moreno Valley is a city of approximately 200,000, and is part of the Inland Empire, a region east of Los Angeles. It is a young city, incorporated in 1984 when voters of Edgemont, Sunnymead, and Moreno voted to band together as a way to control growth and govern themselves rather than remain under the jurisdiction of Riverside County. Today this 50-square-mile city is a booming metropolis of diverse young people. The city's phenomenal population growth from about 50,000 in 1984 can be attributed to its proximity to both Interstate 215 and the Moreno Valley Freeway (California Highway 60), which provides easy access to Los Angeles. Families comprise 84 percent of households in the city.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
As the city's population grew, housing prices also skyrocketed. Some of the city's major neighborhoods include:
- Edgemont is on the western side of the city, along Interstate 215. Homes here tend to be a bit older, with many single-story homes.
- Hidden Springs is a neighborhood on the city's north side, north of California Highway 60. It's located near Box Springs Mountain Reserve.
- Moreno Valley Ranch is a planned community on the southeast side. It sports a golf club and close proximity to Perris Reservoir and the Lake Perris State Recreation Area.
- Rancho Belago is the new name for the southeastern part of Moreno Valley starting at Lasselle Street. This upscale neighborhood, designated in 2007, allows residents to have a Rancho Belago mailing address, although the area is under the auspices of Moreno Valley's city government. Most of Moreno Valley Ranch and some other subdivisions fall into this neighborhood.
- Sunnymead Ranch borders the Hidden Springs neighborhood on the west. It surrounds Sunnymead Ranch Lake.
- Towngate on the west side is near the retail heart of the city and includes Moreno Valley Mall. Single-family homes and apartment complexes dot the area.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
Because economic growth has not kept pace with population growth, Moreno Valley does not have many jobs within its city limits for a city of its size. Many residents commute to jobs in and around Los Angeles.
The largest economic sector is retail, followed by education. Construction and health care are also significant sectors.
The city's largest employer is March Air Reserve Base, which contains the 452nd unit, the Air Force Reserve Command's largest air mobility wing. The Riverside County Regional Medical Center is also a major employer.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
- The Moreno Valley Arts Commission is a city government-sponsored group that promotes arts and culture throughout the city. In October 2008, they launched their first Artober Fest, an annual event intended to showcase local artists and performers and featuring a wine tasting.
- The Arts Group of Moreno Valley, another new organization, is dedicated to stimulating interest in the arts throughout the city.
- The Moreno Valley Master Chorale, a community choir, performs in many cities throughout the year.
- The Rancho Belago Wind Symphony provides an opportunity for community members to play a wide variety of music.
Moreno Valley Mall, located on the Moreno Valley Freeway, features more than 100 stores, restaurants, a children's play area, and a 16-screen movie theater.
- Moreno Valley features two golf courses, 200 acres of parks and 56 miles of trails. Throughout the year, the Recreation Trails Board sponsors a "Hike to the Top" series of guided hikes.
- Valley Skate Park in March Field Park offers extreme obstacles for skateboarders and in-line skaters.
- On the southeastern border is Lake Perris State Recreational Area, which offers ample opportunities for boating, fishing, camping, swimming, cycling and horseback riding.
- Box Springs Mountain Regional Park, in the northwestern corner of the city, is a free park with 15 miles of trails.
- Equestrians can take advantage of the Moreno Valley Equestrian Park and Nature Center, which features an arena and access to trails.
- Visitors can also visit the March Air Field Museum, which displays more than 70 aircraft and thousands of artifacts.
- Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Brunch
- The March Field AirFest is an air show that takes place in May at the March Air Reserve Base on the city's southwest border.
- The city celebrates Independence Day with a parade and Family FunFest.
- Horse'N'Around Day in October features equestrian demonstrations, horse clinicians and trainers and pet adoptions.
Riverside Community College has a campus in Moreno Valley. The city is also close to a number of institutions of higher learning in Southern California, including:
- University of California, Riverside (UCR)
- California State University, San Bernardino
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- University of Southern California (USC)
Sports fans cheer for a number of area professional teams:
- Baseball: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Basketball: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
- Hockey: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings
- Soccer: Club Deportivo Chivas USA, Los Angeles Galaxy
Locally, baseball fans cheer on the Rancho Belago Rockets, a semiprofessional baseball team in the Western Baseball Association.
Moreno Valley is in the Los Angeles media market. Newspapers that serve Moreno Valley include The Riverside Press-Enterprise and The Los Angeles Times.