Huntington Beach city council to consider park renovations

July 26, 2017 by  

Some of the worn areas in Huntington Beach’s Central Park could be repaired, if the city council decides to go ahead with infrastructure improvements there.

Spots to be repaired include the parking lot at the Park Bench Cafe, and the irrigation system in the park’s eastern part. The opportunity arose in January, when the city council learned there was a $1.6m surplus in the budget, and that as much as $500,000 could be used for park repairs.

For months, the Public Works Department, Community Services Department, and Huntington Central Park Committee, worked together to identify the areas most in need of repairs. The park committee is part of the Community Services Commission, which is tasked with making recommendations about renovating and developing recreational facilities and parks to the city council.

Huntington Beach Central Park covers almost 350 acres, and is Orange County’s biggest city-owned park. It features open field of grass, and extensive plantings of flowers and trees where visitors can picnic, walk, and ride bicycles on paved paths. There is a nature center, four playgrounds, picnic facility, a dog park, places to play horseshoes and Frisbee golf, a viewpoint, equestrian trails, lakes, and four restaurants. Events such as dog shows, car shows, and cross-country races are held here, depending on the season.

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