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The Town of Apple Valley was incorporated in 1988 as a general law city. Wishing to retain the hometown feeling embedded in the rural roots of the community, the incorporation drive chose “town” over “city” (although both terms mean the same thing under California law). Celebrating 20 years as a town in 2008, the five-member town council is proud of the accomplishments achieved in 20 short years, and continue to base their decisions on whether the outcome contributes to “A Better Way of Life” for residents, businesses and visitors.

The town hall is located at the Apple Valley Civic Center at 14955 Dale Evans Pkwy. Opened in 2002, the 25,000-square-foot town hall houses most town departments, as well as a recreation center and the council chambers. The Civic Center is also home to the Newton T. Bass San Bernardino County branch library and a 13,000-square-foot building that houses the Police Department and Code Enforcement Department. A 22-acre site immediately adjacent is under development as Civic Center Park, and includes a new aquatic center. The town also operates 15 park and special-use facilities, including the James A. Woody Community Center and Michael H. Martin Gym, Horsemen’s Center and various neighborhood parks. For more information, visit www.applevalley.org.

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Roberta L. Taylor