Hemet is a city located in southwestern Riverside County, in the San Jacinto Valley of Riverside County, California. It was formed in from local farm settlements around 1887 along with the Lake Hemet Water Company and the Hemet Land Company. The Hemet Dam was completed in 1895 on the San Jacinto River, creating Lake Hemet which provided a reliable water supply to the Valley and contributed to the development of the valley’s agricultural business. During this time the Hemet News newspaper was started and several general stores opened along with a hotel, drug store, blacksmith shops, lumber yards and two real estate offices. A power plant was constructed and a large flour mill opened. #hemet #homesforsale
The city was officially incorporated in 1910- out of 177 residents, 130 voted to incorporate, and 33 voted against. The city predates the creation of Riverside County. Incorporation allowed the city’s infrastructure to grow and a railroad connection from Riverside lead to growth of its agricultural economy which included citrus, apricots, olives, peaches, and walnuts. Starting in 1936, the city hosted the “Hemet Turkey Show” for many years, followed by the “Agricultural District Farmer’s Fair of Riverside County”.
By the 1960’s, large-scale residential development had begun although mostly in the form of mobile home parks and retirement communities. By the 1970’s Hemet was home to more than 10,000 people becoming one of the largest cities in the county along with Corona and Riverside.
In the 1980’s, demand for single family homes lead to land previously used for ranches being redeveloped. Hemet has remained very affordable and its proximity to Corona, Riverside and San Bernardino provide many employment opportunities. The rural character of the area makes it an attractive location for families priced out of other areas in Southern California.
According to the US Census, the population was estimated to be about 84,000 in 2016. Hemet is 80 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. It is bordered by the Santa Rosa Hills and San Jacinto Mountains. Adjacent and nearby cities include San Jacinto, Valle Vista, East Hemet, Winchester, Homeland, Juniper Springs, Menifee, Sun City, and Perris. Moreno Valley and Riverside are located not far to the north-west. The closest major highway is the 215, accessible by the Domenigoni Parkway which runs along the south side of the city. State highway 74 starts in Hemet, meanders through the San Bernardino National Forest, and then leads to Palm Desert which is near Palm Springs.
The city of Hemet has two museums, an outdoor amphitheater, and several movie theaters. It hosts the annual Ramona Pageant and the Western Science Center. The area around the Metrolink station, north of downtown, is being developed by adding residences, shops, a farmer’s market, and parks. The city has one public library, originally built in 1906, with a new 2-story structure built in 2003 being its current home. Commercial air service is provided by Palm Springs International Airport and Ontario International Airport. Hemet-Ryan Airport, owned by Riverside County, has no commercial service.
The city has 6 large parks:
- Diamond Valley Lake is open to boating and fishing, along with hiking and other recreational activities around the lake.
- Weston Park, established in 1921 and occupying about 4 acres, offers shuffleboard courts, restrooms, playground, basketball court, and grassy areas for rest or play.
- Simpson Park is a wilderness park located in the Santa Rosa Hills southeast of Hemet covering an immense 438 acres. It offers a sheltered picnic area with tables and barbecues, restrooms, hiking trails, and a view of the San Jacinto Valley.
- Mary Henley Park features two playground areas, half basketball court, picnic tables, shade structures, restrooms and a large grassy area spread out across 16 acres. There is also a walking path around the perimeter of the park.
- Gibbel Park occupies 11 acres and contains a large children’s play area, ball field, a half basketball court, restrooms, two lighted tennis courts, lawn bowling green, horseshoe pits, picnic areas and large grassy area for relaxation.
- Valley Wide Community Sports Park, which is part of the eastern recreation area of Diamond Valley Lake, offers eight lighted and 8 unlighted baseball fields, eight soccer fields, four basketball courts, six tennis courts, seven volleyball courts, two pickle ball courts, fitness trails, three play areas, four restrooms, and three picnic areas. There is also an aquatic center nearby.
The city’s educational services are provided by the Hemet Unified School District and cover all of Hemet, and parts of San Jacinto and Valle Vista, with over 20,000 students. There are also member schools in the rural communities of Anza, Idyllwild and Winchester. There are 5 high schools, 5 middle schools, 12 elementary schools, 2 all-grade schools, 10 alternative / charter schools, and 1 private Christian school.
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