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NORCO, Calif. (AP) — A grand jury is asking prosecutors to look into how Southern California land intended for a public park became a sports complex that hosts private events and has a sit-down restaurant and bar.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says a 2002 federal court order restricted use of the land in Norco that is now the SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Complex. The 122-acre parcel was intended for “recreational and open space purposes.”

But the Riverside County grand jury report concludes, flatly, that the complex is “not a public park.”

City Manager Andy Okoro says the development is in compliance with the court-ordered restriction

The complex has two dozen soccer fields, five equestrian arenas, a 10,000-capacity concert venue and a 150-seat restaurant.

City Clerk Cheryl Link says it drew 1.4 million visitors last year.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise,