|Parks Development & Facilities
The City of Huntington Beach operates 3.5 miles of beach (150 acres) and one of the longest municipal piers in the state. There are 75 parks and public facilites, totaling 753.89 acres, 190 playground apparatus, and irrigation systems.
|PARK AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN|
BLUFF TOP PARK RAIL REVIEW PROCESS - ONLINE SURVEY DEVELOPED TO GARNER ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK REGARDING THE POSSIBLE CHANGE TO THE ANODIZED ALUMINUM GUARD RAIL DESIGN.
Based on recent City Council direction, staff has been working to compile more information on an anodized aluminum guard rail design for the Bluff Top Park improvement project, and comparing that information against the possible use of a wood rail lodge pole design.
As part of our additional review effort, we are also building an online platform to receive additional public input on preferences regarding the guard rail design. The improvements will extend from 9th Street ot just South of Seapoint Street. The proposed fencing/ railing options are, wood lodge pole or aluminum railing. Please share your valuable opinion by participating in a brief survey. Survey available through March 11.
CENTRAL PARK BATHROOM REPLACEMENTS MOVING FORWARD, PARK BENCH CAFÉ LOCATION STARTING NOW, KATHY MAY’S BATHROOM LOCATION SET TO FOLLOW!
The 3rd of six (6) bathroom replacements being coordinated within Central Park has recently begun, with the upgrade of the bathroom facility located near the Park Bench Café.
In addition, the City is in the planning phase now for the 4th bathroom improvement project at Central Park, which is an effort to upgrade the restrooms located across the way from Kathy May’s Lakeview Café. As part of that assessment effort, staff has also spent time reviewing how to best address the issues that currently exist at the picnic shelter located adjacent to the restrooms. Based on current conditions, the general public is unable to use that particular facility in Central Park.
Given the overall situation, staff has updated the restroom project to also include removal of the picnic shelter. The City is working on finalizing the exact work schedule, however, based on preliminary plans, we expect the picnic shelter to be taken down in late-March.
MURDY PARK AND COMMUNITY CENTER UPGRADE MOVING FULL STEAM AHEAD!
The improvements the City is making at Murdy Park and Murdy Community Center are continuing full steam ahead! The exterior improvements are wrapping up, and if all goes well, the new bocce ball courts will be open at the end of this month. In addition, the front practice field will remain fenced in for the next 3-4 months in order to provide for proper turf establishment. Once everything is established, with the new protective netting and lighting that the City has installed, we do anticipate this reservable practice field to be extremely popular amenity once opened!
In addition, the interior improvements within the Murdy Community Center are going well, and staff is aiming for a reopening in late-March. Once a completion date is finalized, staff will be inviting the City Council and the community to participate in ribbon cutting / open house event that will feature tours, food, games, and activity demonstrations!
NEW PARK UPGRADES CONTINUING AT EADER PARK AND LEBARD PARK!
In June of 2018, the State passed Proposition 68, which included a Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program. Based on priorities identified in the 2016 Parks & Recreation Master Plan, the City Council approved playground replacement priority list and grant funding criteria, the City is exploring grant opportunities for improvements at the following parks:
Carr Park: 16532 Springdale Street
Drew Park: 20252 Cape Cottage Lane
Schroeder Park: 6231 Cornell Drive
Projects being considered will focus on playground upgrades, accessibility and landscape improvements.
Community Workshops were held on the following days:
July 9, 5 PM – Surf City Nights, Between Walnut/Olive
July 10, 6 PM – Community Services Commission, City Hall
July 15, 4 PM – City Council Study Session, City Hall
July 20, 10 AM & 1 PM – Site Meetings at Drew Park and Carr Park