Five months after it made its debut, the Hesperia Civic Park has won a major award.


The American Public Works Association's Southern California chapter (comprising Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties) has named the park, located behind Hesperia City Hall and the Hesperia Community Library, their Project of the Year.


"We submitted an essay basically summarizing the park and the wonderful activities we plan on holding and details of the construction that went into the park," said Hesperia spokeswoman Kelly Malloy. The write-up discussed "the design in the center of the city, keeping in mind the planned expansion of downtown."


The $4 million, five-acre park made its official debut on June 28, during the city of Hesperia's 20th anniversary celebration, although it didn't receive its finishing touch -- a 6,200 pound black granite globe that spins in the middle of the park's water fountain -- until late August.


"We won an award for the Hesperia Civic Center," Malloy said, including an honorable mention for Hesperia's new city hall from the APWA, "and the city hall has won other awards, but this is the first time we've actually won this first place award, which we're really proud of, because so many departments and organizations had to come together to build the park in time for the 20th anniversary."


The city will formally receive the award during the AWPA's awards luncheon in Lakewood on December 4.


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