Fairview Park Committee Has An Easy Night
The Costa Mesa Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee had a pretty easy night of it Wednesday as they turned the page on yet another chapter of their assessment of Fairview Park with an eye to what might, or might not, be acceptable uses for various quadrants of the park. You can read the agenda HERE.
NEW MEMBER, SMALL CROWD
At this meeting, marked by the seating of new member Frank Davern - he replaced deceased member David Stiller. It was also marked by the smallest crowd yet to view on of these meetings - fewer than 20 people showed up to observe and participate. I suspect that will change over the next couple months since we are heading for the Eastern Quadrants where sports fields advocates see gold in them there acres of dirt.
WRAPPING UP THE SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
At this meeting the committee finished the Southwest Quadrant, dealing with the remaining half-dozen items for that segment as follows:
- They agreed to recommend to the Parks and Recreation Commission that an additional picnic shelter be installed not far from the existing one in that quadrant. Consideration will be given to making sure it is ADA compliant.
- They agreed to recommend the improvement of existing information kiosks.
- After a lengthy discussion they voted to "table" until more information is available from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service about what we will or will not be able to do regarding the fencing-off of the vernal pools, or until their last meeting - whichever comes first.
- They voted unanimously to retain the existing elements of the Master Plan.
- Following lengthy conversations and significant community input, on a close vote - 5-4 - the committee decided to study the possibility of expanding the bike trails and including an adjacent pedestrian walkway in the plans.
- And, they voted, 8-1, to recommend moving forward with the planting of native, drought-tolerant plants in one specific area of the park near where an Eagle Scout candidate recently did some restoration work.
The then moved forward to the Northeast Quadrant and agreed to further discuss sixteen items that had been part of the 35 item list prepared nearly a year ago that might be considered for this segment. Some in the discussion and members of the public expressed opinions that the list should be chopped in half or more. However, the staff will now return with reports of the following items that were left for discussion for the Northeast Quadrant:
- Dry land wildlife view area
- Soccer/Football fields
- Forest of Redwoods
- Multi-use athletic fields
- Retain elements of the Master Plan as it reads now
- Install a two-tier building that includes interpretive enter and terrace/viewing deck
- Basketball/Handball courts
- Trail exercise stations
- Roller Hockey surface
- Improve/designate bike paths
- Lawn bowling/Boccie ball
- Dog Park
- Skate Park
- Nature Center - Bird watching platforms
- Archery area
- Marked running courses
It was clear from some of the discussion - primarily by Ron Amburgey - that there will be a strong push to install playing fields in the area and during the discussion of the Southeast Quadrant, which will be coming up in a couple months. We shall see.
THE NEXT MEETING IS JUNE 4th..
Be there or be square...