Mayflower Park campground expansion project update

Blythe local Brad Robinson offered his thoughts and ideas for the Mayflower Park expansion projects’ day use amenities at the Aug. 2 Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District’s public workshop in 2019.

The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District continues moving forward with the Palo Verde Valley area Mayflower Regional Park Day Use and Campground Expansion Project.

All told, the Mayflower Park property – owned and operated by Riverside County Parks – is approximately 82 acres and sits between Colorado River Road and 4th Avenue, just northeast of Blythe.

“Mayflower Park is moving forward with the sewer connection project, an essential piece for future campground expansion. Sewer engineering and design work is (nearly) complete and construction will commence by as soon as the necessary easements are secured,” stated the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District to the Times. “Recently the Park District applied for grant funds through the State’s Proposition 68 but the application did not move forward. The Park District continues to investigate funding streams for future expansion during the present economic times.”

As previously reported, Riverside County Parks had hopes for $6.4 million in Prop. 68 grant funding toward the conceptual plan day use expansion area with input from community meetings.

Ideas parlayed from the August 2019 community workshop discussions and into the Mayflower Park Prop. 68 grant application included a community meeting space, an amphitheater, an outdoor flexible space (e.g. for potential farmer’s markets), public art garden, interpretative trail, riverfront beach access, native and agricultural demo gardens and a splash pad area.

“The park was originally constructed in 1957 and is named after Collis S. Mayflower, who served on the Blythe City Council, Palo Verde Irrigation District and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors,” states the Riverside County Parks’ 2018 Mayflower tourism plan. “The park includes camping areas, picnic shelters, natural lagoon/wetlands, a boat ramp and dock, restrooms with showers, and a storage area for recreational vehicles, trailers, and boats. Since the park is located on the river, there are volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, shuffleboard and lawn bowling areas.”

Riverside County Parks seeks to establish Mayflower as the region’s premier destination for camping and recreation by 2025. To date, roughly 25 acres of the land have been developed.

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