A Message from the Interim City Manager

December 2019

Greetings Fontana,

As we welcome December and the end of 2019, I would like to thank you for making this year another remarkable year for the City of Fontana. In 2019, we experienced growth as we welcomed new residents and businesses from near and far. We celebrated grand openings and awards, launched new programs, and held numerous family-fun events.

Highlights of 2019 include:

  • The award-winning Dodgers Dreamfield #51 at Jack Bulik Park was unveiled, bringing over 3,000 youth in the community with special needs a place of their own
  • Fontana Walks! was awarded the Helen Putnam Award for inspiring the community to increase their health through community events and free resources
  • Clever Real Estate named Fontana one of the Most Affordable Cities to purchase a home in California
  • The City was awarded $1.477 million in Active Transportation Program funding to improve sidewalks around schools
  • $625,000 was awarded to the City to streamline housing approval and production in downtown Fontana
  • The Miller Park Veterans Memorial is nearing the end of its construction and is anticipated to unveil early 2020

December is a month full of holiday events for the entire family to enjoy. Witness a grand sight of lights at the tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 4, in front of City Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Friday, December 6, bring the family down to Jessie Turner Center to take pictures with Santa from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The annual Christmas Parade is on Saturday, December 14, at 10:00 a.m. hosted by the Fontana Exchange Club. The parade begins on the corner of Arrow Boulevard and Sierra Avenue. The parade will be followed by the Festival of Winter on Saturday, December 14 at Miller Park (17004 Arrow Blvd.) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy train rides, attractions, live entertainment, photo opportunities with Santa, and a variety of vendors and activity booths. For more information on the winter events happening this month, call (909) 349-6900 or visit Holiday Events.

December can also bring on inclement weather. Therefore, I encourage you to visit the Ready Fontana Webpage for valuable resources such as how to build an emergency kit, sign up for emergency alerts, and much more. Do not wait for an emergency to happen. Make sure you are informed, plan ahead, and take action in advance of an emergency.  

Please note that all City of Fontana Administrative offices will be closed for the holiday from Tuesday, December 24, 2019, until Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Offices will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Give back to your community by participating in the final Park Clean-up event of 2019, taking place at Southridge Park Bird Farm on Saturday, December 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 21, join us for the Fontana Walks! community walk at 8:00 a.m. in front of Steelworkers' Auditorium. The community walks, led by City Council and Healthy Fontana, are important to remember that “every step counts.” If you are not registered with Fontana Walks, please register here. All registrants receive a Healthy Fontana t-shirt and a pedometer.

Once again, thank you to all of you for making this one of the most remarkable years for the City of Fontana. From our family to yours, the City of Fontana wishes you a joyous and safe holiday season.

Happy Holidays,

Michael Milhiser