Happy New Year Fontana!

From grand openings to new affordable housing to road improvements, 2018 was a year of distinction for the City of Fontana.

The City was recognized not only as a "Top Workplace" but as the "Most Prosperous City in California" -- two titles among others that we are honored to have received. With that being said, 2019 is going to be another great year for our City.

We have many projects currently in motion that will be complete this year, such as the much-anticipated Highland Village Shopping Center. Sprouts Farmers Market and Raising Canes will be opening at the shopping center this month, with other tenants, such as Oggi’s Pizza and Café Rio, opening later this year.

Fontana is a growing city with a long list of planned projects that will continue to make it the ideal location to live, work and play in San Bernardino County. Projects taking place this year include:

• Construction of Central City Park and South Fontana Sports Park

• Expansion of the Fontana Auto Center with a Mazda dealership

• A business class hotel in South Fontana

• New residential and retail developments in Downtown Fontana

• Parking improvements to accommodate the popular events at the Miller Park Amphitheater

This month, we have Mayor Acquanetta Warren’s State of the City Address. She will be celebrating Fontana’s accomplishments of 2018, along with highlighting the City’s commitment to partnerships that have contributed to the progress and prosperity our community is experiencing.

If you are looking to stay fit in the new year and become involved in your community, join us for the next Fontana Walks event on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 a.m. at Fontana Park (15556 Summit Avenue). Visit fontanawalks.org to register and help the City reach 3 billion steps.

We look forward to a productive year ahead and appreciate your cooperation as we all work to continue to make Fontana a shining example of exceptional municipal service. Whether you are here to live, work or play, we know that Fontana is a great place to be.

(Ken Hunt is the Fontana city manager. This column originally appeared in the January edition of Fontana City Connection.)

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