JCSD Parks & Recreation Department

Established in 2007, the JCSD Parks & Recreation Department (Department) currently manages 240+ acres of parkland, including 15 parks, a 30,000 square foot community center, a 5,000 square foot activity center, and a 2.5-acre special event venue within the 9 square mile JCSD Parks Territory in Eastvale. The Territory's boundaries are south of Bellegrave Avenue, east of Hellman Avenue, west of Hamner Avenue, and north of the Santa Ana River. The Territory serves approximately 60,000 residents. The Department also provides graffiti abatement services and maintains over 5 million square feet of public frontage and median landscaping for the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

In 2015, the JCSD Parks & Recreation Department became one of just five agencies in California to obtain accreditation through the National Recreation and Park Association’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Accredited agencies must repeat this process every five years.

On September 10, 2021, the CAPRA Commission formally approved JCSD’s CAPRA reaccreditation. Impressively, we scored 100% on the assessment by meeting all 154 standards.

Currently, there are only 193 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States and JCSD is one of only three accredited agencies in California. JCSD will be up for reaccreditation in September 2026 and this Master Plan is a key requirement of the reaccreditation process.

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a roadmap and a shared vision for the future of parks, recreation and community services and is shaped by community values, unmet needs and evolving demographics and trends.

How does this affect me?

Did you know that spending time in parks and participating in recreation activities can improve you and your family's health? Research has consistently shown that even moderate exercise, a 30-minute walk, and just time outdoors in nature boosts your physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. From property values to economic impact and rebuilding a sense of community pride, parks and recreation provides a tremendous benefit to JCSD.

What are the Plan’s goals?

This plan has the following key goals

  • Ensure an inclusive community outreach process to identify the community’s current needs
  • Identify trends and next practices to move JCSD forward
  • Ensure equitable access to all parks and program offerings citywide
  • Position the Department for future funding and partnership opportunities
  • Co-create a community vision

How can I share my vision for the future?

The community engagement process offers a variety of ways to provide your input:

  • Tell us your thoughts via the open-ended comment box on this digital engagement platform
  • Share your feedback through the statistically valid or online survey
  • Participate in community and neighborhood focus groups
  • Attend the community listening sessions
  • Email us at parksmasterplan@jcsd.us

Who is responsible for this Master Plan?

The JCSD staff is leading this work internally and are collaborating externally with RHA Landscape Architects-Planners (https://www.rhala.com/) a Riverside based landscape architecture and planning and Next Practice Partners (www.BeNextPractice.com), a national leader in inclusive and innovative planning.