Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee Meets Wednesday
The Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee, under the guidance of Chairman Dr. Richard Mehren and Vice Chair Steve Smith, will meet again on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Victoria Room at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park) from 6-8 p.m. Personally, I think that two hours is optimistic since they have an agenda, HERE, that looks to be action-packed.
OF "BONES" AND "BIRDS"
At this meeting the committee will hear presentations from the Staff on an Archeological Survey Update and also from the Harbor Soaring Society.
SORTING OUT A DOZEN POTENTIAL USES
The meat of the agenda will deal with possible uses of the Southwest Quadrant of Fairview Park. Scheduled for discussion are a dozen items that had been culled from the original 35 items the committee compiled last July that MIGHT be appropriate for this quadrant of the park. Those items are:
- Additional Picnic Structures
- Baseball/Softball Facilities
- Expand Train Routes
- Improve Information Kiosk SW Quadrant
- Vernal Pools Preservation with Cables/Signage and Delineation
- Soccer/Football Fields
- Retain the Elements of the Master Plan as it Reads now
- Install a Two-Tier Building That Includes an Interpretive Center and Terrace/Viewing Deck
- Westside Grass Area/Sprinkler System Improvements
- Basketball/Handball Courts
- Eroding Bluffs: Install Staircase SW Quadrant
- Install Information Kiosks with Pamphlets
I don't know if any discussion will take place regarding the recently-released Field Use information, nor do I know what kind of "hand-off" will take place from the Public Services Department to the recently-created Assistant CEO position now occupied by former long-term consultant Tammy Letourneau that is supposed to have purview over City Parks.
WILL THE COMMITTEE BE PLACED ON HIATUS?
I also don't know about the future of this committee, since the City Council has recently approved spending money on a consultant for a review of the entire Open Space Master Plan in the city. That document would seem to take precedence over the activities of the Fairview Park Committee. Will they be asked to take a breather while the consultant does his job? We'll see.