Friday column preview

I got a phone call Tuesday about the opening of Fontana Park — that’s its name — from Amy Colbrunn, the assistant to the city manager. City Hall is very excited about the park and, like the library and the theater that opened earlier in the year, they invited me for a tour.

In fact, Mayor Mark Nuaimi had liked my column on the library so much, his entire speech at the ribbon-cutting consisted of reading my column. (Except for a lame joke of mine about how the chimes in the clocktower, which can play 200 songs, ought to include “Louie Louie.”)

An e-mail from Colbrunn followed later Tuesday with a personal message from Nuaimi.

“I invite you to tour Fontana Park prior to our grand opening celebration. I was really hoping you would write another column touting the amazing amenities included in the facility — I need a speech for the grand opening celebration. Hope you have an opportunity to make it out there. We are really proud of our accomplishments.”

Well, a tour of the park was arranged, and a column will appear Friday. At 39 acres, the park is quite impressive, and because of its location — north of the 210 and east of the 15 — and I imagine a lot of Rancho Cucamonga residents will make use of it too.

One detail among many that I had to cut for space is the leaf motif. It can be found indoors in carpet patterns, wall friezes and wallpaper and outdoors on the base of light poles and stamped in the concrete walkways. If you find them all, I wonder if you get a prize?

The gymnasium, at 13,000 square feet, has six basketball backboards and bleachers. It’s Fontana’s first city gymnasium. It still has that “new gym” smell. Which is far preferable to that “old gym” smell.

And there’s an aquatics center, skate and BMX park, playground, dog park, grand fountain, promenade and other features. The community center even has a juice bar.

Will the mayor do a public reading of this column? I tried to ignore that possibility as I wrote, making sure to include as many jabs as possible, including mocking the park’s bland name. If he reads it, I hope he leaves out the lamer jokes.

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  • Mayor Mark

    Leave out the lame jokes?? How could I possibly do that?? I appreciate your taking the time to visit Fontana Park and I trust that the thousands who come out on Saturday will be equally impressed.

    I can’t wait to read the column (I think).

    [I eagerly await your reaction (I think). -- DA]