(Adelanto) – On Wednesday, March 14th, the grand opening of a new park in Adelanto will be filmed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to highlight the unique efforts by the Healthy Adelanto Initiative.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation plans to feature San Bernardino County Healthy Communities in a short film feature in the upcoming 2012 County Health Rankings. In 2011, San Bernardino County ranked 50 out of the 56 California Counties in health factors and 55 out of 56 for environment factors such as access to healthy foods. However, the county is working to address health factors throughout the county through the Healthy Communities movement led by San Bernardino County of Public Health. As a result, 16 of the 24 cities in the county have implemented a Healthy City initiative.
Healthy Adelanto is one of the four cities in the High Desert region to adopt a Healthy City Resolution. The City of Adelanto and Adelanto School District were the two forces that recognized the importance and started working together to promote health in the community. In 2010, this notable partnership led Healthy Adelanto to be one of five communities in the state to pilot an effort through a California Project LEAN grant, to increase access to recreational areas for the community of Adelanto.
“In this day and age of economic uncertainty for both Cities and School Districts, it is crucial that we work together to better our communities. Through the Healthy Adelanto initiative, the City and School district have been successful in bridging the gap of resources for our residents through joint use agreements. We are excited to be working with the Adelanto School District to open up facilities to our residents so that they reap the benefits of this facility joint use effort.,” said Mayor Cari Thomas, City of Adelanto.
The partnership and effort has led to two formal facility joint use policies between the City of Adelanto and Adelanto School District to share resources and facilities to benefit the community. Another result was at George Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, where five acres of property owned by the Adelanto School District that was allowed for joint facility use for the City of Adelanto to develop a community park. The community will have the chance to celebrate this park at its grand opening March 14.
“Our effort to establish a joint facility use policy in partnership with the City of Adelanto has been a success in providing after school educational and recreational programs. Our neighborhood school model allows the community a safe a clean central facility in the neighborhood. These facilities can be maximized in usage by the community school and city to provide access for our children and families. It’s all about the kids!!!,” said Jose Dominguez, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Adelanto School District.