The Cove Neighborhood Association (CNA) Steering Committee is made up of local citizens who have volunteered to help maintain the wonderful quality of life in the Cove while also identifying conditions that still need improvement. CNA Steering Committee members are generally long-time residents, some of whom are also local historians. The CNA meets with City Staff on a monthly basis to highlight concerns about the Cove neighborhood. Click on the "CNA City Meeting Notes" link on the "News & Events" page to see the latest notes. We post current topics in the News/Events section and send out occasional newsletters to subscribers. Let us know about your concerns by clicking on the “Contact” tab.
1. ADVOCATED FOR BETTER STREET SIGNAGE IN THE COVE
Early on CNA worked with the City to secure larger and brighter street signs for easier navigating of the Cove, especially after dark.
2. PARTNERED WITH FRIENDS OF THE FRED WOLFF BEAR CREEK NATURE PRESERVE AND THE CITY
CNA worked with both groups as they conduct cleanup activities, complete fencing and path installations, and monitoring problems that arise in the Preserve.
3. PRESERVATION OF THE WILDERNESS AREA CALLED “THE WASH”
This popular area located between Avenida Montezuma and the Bear Creek Trail is one of the few natural washes in the Coachella Valley, a joy to nature lovers, hikers, artists and many kinds of wildlife. Historically, these 19 acres were privately owned (by Fritz Burns and later his estate) and was several times threatened with residential development. The Cove Neighborhood Association quickly circulated a petition which it presented to the City Council members and urged the City to purchase the property. In 2004, this was done, and the City designated it a “preserve,” to be left in its natural state in perpetuity. Subsequently, CNA supported the recommendation to name the area "The Fred Wolff Nature Preserve” to honor La Quinta’s first mayor, and the trail to be known by the historic name of “Bear Creek.”
4. MUNICIPAL CODES AND ENFORCEMENT
Most of the issues that come to CNA are code enforcement issues: unsightly lots, loose animals, inappropriate lighting, trash cans left in view of passersby, noise, etc. On our "Links" page you will find a link to Code Compliance. You can register a complaint with the City there. We also have a link to the GoRequest App, which has been the City's preferred method for residents to file complaints, but that may be changing. Stay tuned. If all else fails, contact CNA for support.
5. ENHANCEMENT OF LANDSCAPING
CNA has worked with City staff to improve landscaping throughout the City, to bring native, drought-resistant flora to public spaces. The non-native species along the Bear Creek Trail have been gradually replaced with native species, adding to the natural beauty and authenticity of the Trail and Preserve.
6. SUPPORTED THE PASSAGE OF MEASURE G
CNA assisted in garnering support to pass Measure G, which brought critical revenues that fund our safety services and other specifically designated city-wide projects.
7. ADVOCATED FOR THE OFF STREET PARKING AT THE TOP OF THE COVE
The busy streets at the top of the Cove became accident prone with large amounts of visitors getting in and out of cars, riding bikes and hiking. A new parking area was created for off street parking.
8. REMOVAL OF MAIL BOXES ALONG THE BEAR CREEK TRAIL
Until recently, residents along Montezuma walked across the street to their curbside mail boxes. These boxes greatly detracted from the natural beauty in this area, so CNA advocated with the City and the post office to move all the mail boxes to the east side of the street. This is more convenient for the residents, and leaves the Trail in a more natural state.
9. RECENT EFFORTS
CNA advocated for the Complete Streets Project and it's new roundabouts. Public art, uniform code enforcement, and trouble-shooting complaints of residents are ongoing efforts.