Twenty months after Hesperia Civic Center debuted, with a new city library and city hall, the next phase will go live on June 28, when Hesperia Civic Park opens to the public.

Work on the five-acre Hesperia Civic Park began in January.

"Inside of five months, this is how far we've come," said Hesperia Director of Development Services Scott Priester. "It's a football field long and two football fields wide."

The park has sod, water fountains and a broad lawn that will be filled with games and booths during the city's 20th anniversary celebration on June 28.

The metal arches lining the main walkway through the park are arbors and will eventually be the home of climbing vines, providing shade for park visitors. In the meantime, misters arrayed along the arches will cool visitors in the summertime.

The central water fountain in the main walkway is shaped like the letter H when viewed from above and, once completed, will feature a massive rotating granite globe -- with Hesperia's location called out -- coated in water. The globe will not be ready in time for the 20th anniversary celebration, though, as the German company that's building won't have it finished for another two months.

The as-yet-unfinished amphitheatre will seat up to 800 on the seats and surrounding grass.

The park also features a small playground area.

The final cost for the park will be a little over $4 million, split between the city and the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.

"June 28 was the horizon date given to us" to have the park ready to open to the public, Priester said.

And on June 28, the public will be there.

"We're hoping we get the 'wow' factor," Priester said. "'We never expected something like this.'"

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.