Updates regarding the Hesperia Golf Course and Country Club and the Harrison Exhibit Center, as well as the new Maple Avenue Park, were discussed at the Hesperia Recreation and Park District Board of Directors meeting on June 9.


The park district will acquire 72 electric golf carts and four specialty cars, all fuel-efficient, for the Hesperia Golf course, which is now owned by the city of Hesperia and operated by the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. An agreement had been signed with High Desert Golf to outfit a pro shop at the Hesperia Golf course, according to administrator Cal Camara.


This is all being done in preparation for the annual Hesperia Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on June 25 that will kick off at 8 a.m. President Rebekah Swanson said that Hesperia Golf is currently offering the least expensive golf in the area.


The Harrison Exhibit Center, located on Main Street, will have a "soft" opening to the public on June 26 and will feature the new "History of Hesperia" exhibit.


Maple Avenue Park, currently in the first stage of construction, is a 40-acre site that will contain several soccer fields and youth program facilities.


"I'm very excited that we won't have to have kids driving down the hill for soccer tournaments, which presents a hardship for families," said Swanson. "[The park] will be able to keep our families and our community and attract other families up here."


Despite the difficult economic times, all of the services are made available because of the Board of Directors' fiscal conservatism, which they will continue to exhibit in the budget for the fiscal year of 2010-2011.


"I look at the public's money as their money first," Director Dave Dupree said. "It's the tax payers' money first, and that money is coming from somebody's budget. We need to be good stewards of that money."


Swanson agreed.


"We've been able to provide the same services that we've always provided to our community the classes and the support programs," she said. "Our volunteer base has not gone down, and we haven't lost essential support for those programs. Things are running normally because of our fiscal conservatism."


The fiscal budget draft was approved at the meeting, and the final version is expected to be completed for the next meeting.