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Mayoral candidate and city clash over park

Moore Park in downtown Ontario is at the epicenter of a dispute between local contractor and mayoral candidate Riley Hill and the city. Hill wants the city to agree to a buffer zone between the park and any marijuana business. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – Developer Riley Hill, a candidate for Ontario mayor, is threatening to take back a downtown park property if the city doesn’t protect it from marijuana businesses.

Hill built Moore Park on South Oregon about 20 years ago and gave it to the city under a $1-a-year lease. The park long held a replica of a covered wagon and is the site of Ontario’s Saturday Market.

The lease between Hill and the city for the park expired in May. Hill said Thursday that if the city does not agree to . . .