Monday, March 21, 2016

Parks & Rec. Commission Meets Thursday

The Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission, under the leadership of new Chairman Brett Eckles,  meets again on Thursday, March 24, 2016 beginning at 6:00 in City Council Chambers and will tackle what looks like a full agenda, HERE.
Right off the top Interim Recreation Manager Justin Martin (replacing the departed Travis Karlen, who decamped to an opportunity with the City of Irvine) will present a recommendation for a new instructional class proposal, HERE.  This is a four-week instructional class held at Fairview Park and focuses on the aspects of nature and human interrelationships.  It will be offered and facilitated by the Institute for Conservation, Research and Education (ICRE).  According to the proposal, that organization will cover all costs associated with this four consecutive Saturday morning programs, estimated at $3910.00.  The program will be available for 10-25 participants, with no cost to them.  I can't let this pass without observing that there is currently a signature-gathering exercise being conducted by residents hoping to qualify an initiative to protect Fairview Park from future development.
Next up, HERE,  is the consideration of the plant palette for the proposed City Hall Outdoor Meeting Space that has been approved as part of the re-purposing of the old Print Shop on the first floor of City Hall, behind the City Council Chambers.  This area is presently a walkway behind City Hall.  The plan is to include the area as an extension of the new conference/meeting room(s) that will fill the Print Shop space.  Read the staff report for details.  Click on the image to enlarge.
The commission will consider four separate tree removal requests.  Click on the addresses below to reach the individual staff reports for each.  The staff is recommending denial of the requests in each case.

3140 Jefferson Avenue

1881 Maui Circle

1883 Maui Circle

216 Flower Street

These items will be followed by the Recreation Manager's Report, for which no staff report is available.  The commission meets next on April 28, 2016.

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