Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Fairview Park Committee Meets Wednesday

In case I forget later, led by Chairman Dr. Richard Mehren and Vice Chair Steve Smith, the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park).  You can read the entire agenda HERE.

To give you a flavor of how these meetings go you can review the minutes of the two previous meetings, April 2nd, HERE and May 7th, HERE.

This meeting has a twist to it not previously seen.  Apparently members of the committee and a Parks and Recreation Commission liaison have asked for consideration of items NOT PREVIOUSLY included by this committee in their prioritizing meeting last year.  You may recall that a list of 35 items were compiled by this committee and they've been methodically working through each quadrant of the park, considering those items that MIGHT be appropriate.  Interestingly, there is no staff report on any of the three items, but each will be discussed, submitted to public comment and a vote taken.  the items are:
  • BMX Concept (Southeast Quadrant)
  • Pickleball Concept (Northeast Quadrant)
  • Naming of the Ponds after the Great Lakes 

From that point forward the committee will discuss proposed changes for the Northeast Quadrant - that little section shown as "Area G" in the image above -  broken into two segments.  Again, each will include a discussion, public comments and a vote.  Those items area:
1 - Dry Land Wildlife Viewing Area
2 - Soccer/Football Fields
3 - Forest of Redwood Trees
4 - Multi-use Athletic Fields
5 - Roller Hockey Surface
6 - Install a Two-Tier Building that includes an Interpretive Center and Terrace Viewing Deck
7 - Basketball/Handball Courts
8 - Trail Exercise Stations 

Here's 2nd half list of proposed changes:

9 - Improve/Designate Bike Paths
10 - Lawn Bowling/Bocce Ball
11 - Retain the Elements of the Master Plan as it Reads Now
12 - Dog Park
13 - Skate Park
14 - Nature Center-Bird Watching Platforms
15 - Marked Running Courses
16 - Archery Area

I'll report on this meeting later that evening.  If you have an interest try to attend.  You'll have three minutes to discuss anything relevant to the committee's work at the beginning PLUS be able to discuss each of the above items when it comes up on the agenda.  Now's the time...  

The next meeting of this group will be on July 2, 2014.  It's likely that the highly-controversial Southeast Quadrant - where the model trains and the parking lot is located - will begin being discussed at that time.  It's probably going to take more than one meeting to get through that quadrant - at a time of the year when many folks will be vacationing.  Funny how things work out sometimes, isn't it?  Below may be an example of what some folks in the community envision at that 40 acre location...


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Anonymous Steve Smith said...

Geoff: Thanks for including the FPCAC meetings in your blog. The more coverage we can get on these proceedings, the better. One other comment... The timing of the discussion of the southeast quadrant and its anticipated July or August date is nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence of a flawed process. Had I known then what I know now, I would have vehemently opposed the process we have undertaken. But I suppose that is true with so many things in life.

6/03/2014 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Please leave the park alone. We are going to need it to get some peace from all the traffic and congestion being foisted on us.

6/03/2014 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Everyone uses parks. Only a small segment of the community uses athletic fields, and their appetite for more fields is limitless.

6/03/2014 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Where did that picture come from? It's frightening! There are 65 (or more) sport fields in the city. There is only one Fairview Park.

There is nothing like the quiet open spaces and the unique model train anywhere else around here. I loved my kids and grandkids soccer, baseball and football games. My kids and grandkids who love sports also love the model train rides and the open undeveloped spaces of Fairview park. There are lots of fields for sports. For those of us who love the model trains and the quiet open spaces, there is nothing else, nowhere else in the city. You can get on that train and see several vistas of golden (occasionally green) California hills with no manmade features on the horizon. It's so relaxing and beautiful. Every segment of the community should be served, there are lots of sports fields, but there is only one Fairview park. Don't wreck it.

6/04/2014 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

There was just a soccer field built at Harbor Church. The city gained one. Now they have at least a dozen. We have one open space park. How many fields do they need? Where will it stop? If Mensinger gets his way, it will never stop.

6/04/2014 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Skeptical in Costa Mesa said...

Well one way to slow Mr. M and friends a little might be the investigation into the DG paths? Seems like its been some time since the "meeting" between him and the Fish and Game gang. Is it going to take an investigation of the investigation to get the answers? Must be the same people who did the 60th. party on the job here?

6/04/2014 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous marlo said...

ladies and gentlemen,

i hope everyone can get to the "SURPRISE" meeting MONDAY JUNE 9TH ... the outcome of this amendment could literally increase the amount of eyes watching us over over our own fences.. from 7 sets to 13. this may also increase the amount of congregating, loitering and cigarette smoke...

although a "surprise" to those in charge... if you are not able to make the meeting, please take the time to pop an email to the city stating your concerns (or not). emails may actually help the city keep track.. they are traceable. cheers

6/04/2014 06:41:00 PM  

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