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The Airport neighborhood enjoys panoramic views across the Santa Ana River to the San Gabriel Mountains to the north. The area is adjacent to the Santa Ana River on the north, with Arlington Avenue forming the southern boundary. Since the Airport neighborhood extends just beyond Van Buren Boulevard, it serves as a gateway into Riverside from across the Santa Ana River. Streeter Avenue defines the eastern boundary. Most of the land that makes up the Airport neighborhood is part of the original 39.4 square miles of the City; however, small areas of land at the western end of the neighborhood were annexed between 1955 and 1961.
As the name implies, the Airport neighborhood encompasses the Riverside Municipal Airport, which existed on its current site since the 1920s. In 1952 the City of Riverside purchased the airport, which it has operated as a municipal airport since that time. The airport fulfills an important role in providing general aviation services, and is utilized by private flying enthusiasts, business jets, air taxis and the Riverside Police Department's Aviation Unit. It's also the location of the Annual Riverside Air Show. Held each spring, the air show entertains large crowds of people with a variety of exciting military and civilian aerial performances.
The Airport neighborhood consists of a combination of residential, commercial and industrial uses. A majority of the single-family residences are situated to the east of the airport with residential neighborhoods in the Ramona neighborhood to the south of Arlington Avenue and the airport. The houses are mostly modest single-family tract and ranch-style homes. Pockets of commercial uses are located along the major streets like Arlington Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard with some light industrial, including airport serving uses, located along the north side of Arlington Avenue. The remainder of the neighborhood consists mostly of industrial uses concentrated north of Central Avenue.
The Airport neighborhood is proudly served by many public facilities, such as the Airport Fire Station No. 5 located at the corner of Arlington and Hillside Avenues. The fire station includes a recent addition of a sculpture known as the "Tripod" which was transferred from City Hall to its current street corner location. The artist who sculpted "Tripod" for the City, the late James Rosati, also sculpted "Ideogram," a stainless steel sculpture that stood on the plaza between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. "Ideogram" was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The placement and re-dedication of the sculpture serves to commemorate the 9/11 attacks and honor the 29 Riverside firefighters who assisted in the rescue efforts. Park facilities within the neighborhood include portions of the larger Santa Ana River Wildlife Area, Nichols Park and the Joyce Jackson Community Center. The Santa Ana River Trail is already constructed within the portion encompassed by the Airport neighborhood. This parkway will eventually span 100 miles, from the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains to the coast, linked with a series of parks along the way. The neighborhood also includes the Van Buren Golf Center, a 3 par golf course with driving range.
Many fine public and private schools serve the neighborhood; however, with the exception of Harvest Christian School, all public schools are located just outside the neighborhood's boundaries.
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