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It’s official, the new County Library, park and Sheriff’s office are open for business in Borrego Springs. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this afternoon, kicking off a community celebration with music, artists, animals and tours of the new library and Sheriff’s office. The two buildings and park all share a 19-acre property.

The library branch is the larger of the two buildings and sits on 2.6 acres. The facility measures three times the size of the previous one and includes 2,215 square feet of community meeting space, a 330 square foot conference room, separate areas for children and teens, a technology center with a 3D printer, and a Friends of the Library Book Nook and Conversation Café.

The park sits next to the library and features shaded playgrounds, trails, picnic areas, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, outdoor fitness stations, a 100-seat amphitheater and an off-leash dog park.

The new Sheriff’s office replaces an old facility across the street that used to be a bank. The space is more functional and will help Sheriff’s deputies and the Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol better serve the communities of Borrego Springs and Ocotillo Wells.

Construction on the $13.9 million project started in October 2017 and was completed Dec. 5.

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