ONTARIO—A private engineering and public works consulting firm has donated $50,000 to the city of Ontario toward construction of a splash pad.

JACOBS, the city's public works contractor, has been working with Ontario for nearly five years. In addition to treating the city's water and wastewater, JACOBS has been helping the city manage the splash pad project.

“We are grateful to have JACOBS as a partner with the city," said Mayor Ron Verini in a press release Monday, Nov. 26. "They have committed not only to fulfilling our public works duties, but also to be in our community and be a meaningful part of the community.” 

JACOBS' donation came at a time when City Manager Adam Brown announced during a council meeting Nov. 20 that the city was $50,000 short to make a bid award to a construction company.

City officials noted that the monetary donation is in addition to JACOBS' many hours of in-kind project management for the city.

“We wanted to show the community that we value the relationship we have with the City of Ontario and we are committed to making a difference in Ontario,” Mark Bowen, vice president and area manager for JACOBS, said in the release.

The splash pad is under construction, and the city plans to open the park by next June 1.