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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.

 

Users:
1. Users of the FDI would be Hesperia residents primarily, though its educational offerings and special events would attract users from throughout the entire high desert region as well as from greater distances.
A. The following are estimated annual usage days:
Students / field trips 20,000
Special events 10,000
Organized camps 2,000
Concerts / plays 5,000
Conferences / meetings 5,000
Tours 10,000
Visitors (public) 8,000
Total usage days 60,000
B.      Hesperia is comprised of 69 square miles and a density of 907 per square mile. San Bernardino county has approximately 1.7 million inhabitants and consists of 20,160 square miles, approximately 90% of which is desert. This calculates to a county population density of 84 persons per square mile.
C.      The demographics of the users of the proposed facilities would closely resemble that of the community as a whole (see Table DP-1) except that student field trips and organized camps which comprise 20% of the projected number of users. Hesperia has a median household annual income of $31,000 with 3.3 persons per household with 20% to 25% being below the poverty level. The median income for the State of California was $55,000 in 1998.
2.      The demographics of Hesperia and the surrounding area ensure that approximately one fourth of the park users will be economically disadvantaged. Economically disadvantaged children will be the target users for the camp programs which will be provided at minimal or no cost. Grants are being pursued to fund some zero cost camps including zero cost transportation. The pow wow is held on the first weekend in May to accommodate persons on fixed incomes.
3.
A. Senior citizens - FDI will provide facilities for craft classes and clubs that are popular to senior citizens and not now offered in the High Desert. The pow wow is and other entertainment events will be popular among the senior citizen community. The Victor Valley Transit District (VVTD) offers low cost transportation to Hesperia Lake Park.
B. Individuals with disabilities - The comment on senior citizens above are applicable to individuals with disabilities. Further, the VVTD accommodates persons with disabilities. The entire park will be accessible to persons with disabilities. All buildings and some tipis will be specially constructed for handicapped access.
C. At-Risk Youth - The camp program will target at-risk youth as well.
D. Other special populations - FDI will be a cultural center for the large regional Native American population and will host programs such as Title IX family programs, Native American cultural events, a Native American museum, and educational programs on Native American history and culture. The 1990 Native American population in San Bernardino County was 13,411 and Riverside County was 11,494. This specific use would include academics, scholars, students, and Indians and non-Indians alike.