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    Four Directions Institute is currently constructing its new campus at Hesperia Lake, Hesperia, California.  Phase I of the project is approximately 75% complete and 86% funded.  Completing this phase will necessitate the securing of an additional $100,000 in capital grant funding.
    

     Hesperia, California was a city of 62,582 in the year 2000 located in the high desert in San Bernardino County. This population is up 24% from 50,418 in 1990 necessitating ever expanding recreational facilities. The population of Hesperia was 13,540 in 1980 resulting in growth of 460% in the last 20 years.

Hesperia Lake Park, the site of this grant proposal, is located in the southeast edge of the city, adjacent to the Mojave River. The park sits on 200 acres adjacent to the Mojave River and features a fishing lake, a park, camping, soccer fields, equestrian facilities, and the Phase 1 facilities for FDI that are now under construction. The two largest annual events now held at the park are Hesperia Days, the city celebration held in September, and a large social pow wow held in May.

 

1.      Hesperia Lake Park is located on the southeast corner of the City of Hesperia, approximately an average of 3 miles from the community population
2.      The park rests on Arrowhead Lake road, the southeastern extension of Main Street, the main thoroughfare of the City of Hesperia. It is two miles north of the Pacific Crest Trail with access along the Mojave River which Hesperia Lake Park abuts. The Victor Valley Transit District services the park from the entire Victor Valley. Its easy access is demonstrated by the 9,000 who attended the one day Hesperia Days celebration in September 2000 and the 6,000 who attended the pow wow over two days in 2001. The park is readily accessible by private vehicle with parking obviously adequate to accommodate 9,000 persons.
3. Hesperia Lake Park is open to the public 7 A.M. until 9 P.M. daily and is free of charge to the public. The campgrounds are open 24 hours with nominal fees being charged. The fishing lake and camping facilities are open to the public for a minimal fee. The FDI will be more secure (less accessible) to the public due to security concerns for youth camping and education programs and to prevent vandalism of vulnerable architecture. Nonetheless, FDI will be open to the public during concerts, the pow wow, and other events when added security is present including regular public tours.