Fairview Park A-Buzz With Activity Sunday
Yesterday was a perfect day for activities at Fairview Park, Costa Mesa's Natural Jewel. It was a blue, cloudless sky and just enough breeze off the ocean to make everyone gathered at the park comfortable, whatever their chosen activity might have been.
I chose to spend part of my day with the folks invited to a picnic by Costa Mesans For Responsible Government (CM4RG) at the picnic shelter on the west side of Placentia Avenue, but hundreds of my neighbors chose to visit the Orange County Model Engineers and the Costa Mesa Firefighters on the east side for hot dogs, tamales and train rides. Some did both.
CORRECTION: The picnic permit was acquired by Cindy Brenneman, who invited her friends in CM4RG and others, who invited others.
KEEPING IT NATURAL
Signs on display capture the theme - that Fairview Park should remain a Natural Park, free from development to be enjoyed on days like yesterday by ALL members of the public.
Here are some of the other images I captured during my couple hours at Fairview Park...
PARK AMBASSADORS AND ACTIVITIES
Under the watchful eye of one of our freshly-minted Park Ambassadors, the invited guests to the picnic enjoyed many activities, as listed here:
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSICIANS
Native American musicians explained the roots of their music and played for the more than 100 guests in attendance.
Tribal elders explained the importance of Fairview Park as a site of historical significance and reverence.
GENIS DESCRIBES THE PARK'S VALUE
Former mayor and current councilwoman Sandra Genis welcomed the crowd and explained her views on the importance of Fairview Park.
Activist Greg Ridge, shown here chatting with former (and future?) council candidate John Stephens, set up shop to paint the faces of guests.
BONES AND COGSTONES
Visitors stopped to ask questions at informational booths set up. This one had a great display of bones and Native American artifacts like those found at Fairview Park.
Mayor Jim Righeimer apparently got wind of the event and showed up with daughters in tow. Here they investigate one of the booths. In the second image Righeimer "takes care of business" while the girls learn to chip stones from Native American artisans. I later saw him escorting a small covey of people down past the vernal pools, decomposed granite path and off toward the site of the potential tot lot and parking area near Pacific Avenue.
Guides were available for tours of important elements of Fairview Park for groups of all ages.
Retired Costa Mesa Planning Executive Perry Valantine and his wife, Pam, joined the throng.
TAKING THE PULSE
Nature-loving activist Chris Blank was seen taking the pulse of the event, schmoozing with members of the crowd and exchanging information with the mayor during the day.
DOING FIELD WORK
Member of the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee Anna Vrska joined friends to hear the presentations and soak up some sun.
Many other residents sat on the lawn and listened as speakers regaled them with information about Fairview Park.
WHY NO NEWS?
"So, why didn't you publicize this event, Potstirrer?", you ask... Well, the hosts advised me that it was a "family and friends, invitation-only event", and asked me NOT to publicize it - so I didn't. That plan apparently fell apart, since it was all over the local media and social media. I kept my word...
KUDOS TO CM4RG
Thanks to Robin Leffler and Cindy Brenneman and their hard-working CM4RG amigos for hosting this very positive, uplifting event.