YORBA LINDA : Site Approved for Community Center

The City Council this week unanimously approved the southwest corner of Casa Loma Avenue and Imperial Highway as the site of a $5.2-million community center.

The center, which was proposed in 1987, was originally planned for the grounds of the Yorba Linda Middle School. But after objections from the Placentia Unified School District, the council decided to search for another site.

A report by Steve Rudometkin, director of parks and recreation, said the plan for the center calls for the expansion of the adjacent Hurless Barton Park onto the four-acre site.

Councilman Irwin M. Fried said including the park expansion into the plan "is an imaginative, innovative approach."

"This is an exciting project, and I am very pleased with it," Councilman Roland E. Bigonger said.

The 26,000-square foot community center is being designed for the use of senior citizens, nonprofit organizations, the Yorba Linda Woman's Club and city recreation classes.

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