Costa Mesa council will review proposed parks and open space master plan update Tuesday

Costa Mesa council will review proposed parks and open space master plan update Tuesday
Skateboarders gather at the Costa Mesa Skate Park in this 2017 file photo. On Tuesday, City Council members will review a proposed update to Costa Mesa's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, which outlines recommendations for improvements at facilities citywide. (Photo by Spencer Grant)

Costa Mesa council members will take their first crack at a proposed update to the city's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan during a study session Tuesday.

The retooled plan, which has been in the works for almost three years, is meant to be a guiding document that helps the city prioritize efforts in its namesake areas in the coming years.


Costa Mesa last updated its open space master plan in 2003.

Included in the document is an inventory of Costa Mesa's current parks and recreation resources, programs and facilities, as well as a sizable list of recommended projects.

Those include everything from basic renovations and maintenance to upgrades of existing restrooms, lighting and play equipment to development of new sports courts at select sites.

To collect public input for the proposed update, a city consultant — San Juan Capistrano-based RJM Design Group — held a series of community workshops, interviewed interested parties and conducted surveys of residents and sports organizations.

The city Parks and Recreation Commission also reviewed various versions of the document three times before ultimately voting last May to recommend the council adopt the plan.

Throughout the update process, the plan has been revised to reflect the feedback received.

For instance, an early draft included language referring to the possibility of building a new aquatic center in Tanager Park — an idea that drew the ire of numerous residents from in and around the Upper Birds neighborhood.

The concept was later deleted and is not included in the current version.

Tuesday's meeting will give council members a chance to look over the proposed master plan and provide their thoughts. The document would return for further review and possible adoption at a future meeting.

The study session starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 77 Fair Drive.

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