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By Sarah Peters | October 24, 2012
NASA's shuttle Endeavor didn't land in Costa Mesa, but one local dog owner has other plans to bring space travel to humans and non-humans alike. Briana Smith, 22, of Newport Beach, took a small step for dogs and their owners when she entered the Nestle-Purina Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest 2012 with visions of transforming the Costa Mesa Bark Park into something otherworldly. Her plans of a solar system-themed dog park would include a canine version of a space shuttle, black hole tunnels, flying star jumps, water planet slash pads and for human "astronauts," a solar room for comfortable observation.
NEWS
September 29, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- City officials are wondering if there's too many dogs and too few people at the dog park. On Monday, the City Council will consider setting a limit of four dogs per person at the city's Bark Park, a proposal aimed at maintaining the improvements made at the park. Donna Theriault of the Public Services Department said the reason for the limitation was to ensure dogs at the park have proper supervision. If the ratio of dogs to people is unbalanced, dogs have more of a tendency to dig up the grass, run wild or become aggressive with other dogs, she said.
NEWS
November 21, 2002
Lolita Harper Proponents of a dog park at Fairview Park left City Hall with their tails between their legs Monday after the City Council scratched the four-legged playing field from the park's master plan. Council members voted 4 to 1 to eliminate the proposed "Bark Park" after receiving a letter from state environmental officials about possible conflicts with the surrounding habitat. The Department of Fish and Game became aware of plans for a dog park on the east side of Fairview Park about a month ago, when the Orange County Model Railroad Engineers asked to expand their tracks there.
NEWS
April 8, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT COAST -- A private dog park and a $7-million community center have both come one step closer to reality for residents of this recently annexed area. Members of the Newport Coast Advisory Committee have picked the former Las Coyotes landfill as their first choice as a location for a private dog park -- even though the idea is still in the dream stage. "There is a large segment of the community that is very interested in having a private dog park and we are diligently looking for space that would accommodate that," said Dan Wampole, a member of the Parks and Open Space Subcommittee looking into dog park alternatives.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | June 15, 2006
Wearing a blue American Legion cap and walking with a cane, Bill Holiday proudly displayed the flag pole as dogs of all breeds and sizes jumped and played in the park. "This is my flag. I'm a veteran of WWII, and I take pride in my community," Holiday, 79, said. The Costa Mesa resident has been planning a Flag Day celebration for a long time. A member of the American Legion and a passionate dog lover, Holiday planned a small ceremony Wednesday to honor American service dogs at the flag pole in the Costa Mesa Bark Park.
NEWS
By Geoff West | November 4, 2007
At its meeting on Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council will debate whether to open the Fairview Park Master Plan to consider including a skate park and/or dog park within its boundaries. This issue has generated lots of debate since former councilman Mike Scheafer recently wrote an opinion piece on these pages suggesting that a skate park should be placed in Fairview Park and not at Lions Park — the site which seems to have gained some steam among some community activists, including former — and maybe future — councilman Gary Monahan.
NEWS
May 11, 2002
Lolita Harper What to wear, what to wear? Rovers and Fidos all over the city will be mulling over that question this morning as they prepare for the first "Paws Around the Park" fund-raiser at Fairview Park. The event promises the latest in four-legged fashion and canine crazes. It will showcase activities such as a costume contest, two walks, commemorative photos, an agility course and parade. It is sponsored by the city's Fairview Park Friends Committee.
NEWS
October 18, 1999
Elise Gee COSTA MESA -- It's caused Henry Kaiser to lose his balance and slip off his feet. It's led to $200 in veterinarian bills for Pat Allen. And it brings Colleen Young's Great Dane to a skidding stop. It's bark. It's unpopular. And the Costa Mesa City Council is set to discuss the matter tonight. The city has plans to renovate the dog park at TeWinkle Park and the council will discuss various design plans for the site at tonight's council meeting.
NEWS
January 21, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT COAST -- Dogs and their owners accustomed to running free in the park at San Joaquin Hills Road near Newport Ridge Drive woke up to an unpleasant surprise at the beginning of the year when they learned their unofficial dog park was officially off limits to dogs. Neighbors received notice earlier this month that the open space across from the under-construction shopping center was no longer open to dogs on or off leashes. And anyone who missed the notice no doubt still got the message upon arriving at the park where dispensers of dog-waste bags had been covered with signs saying dogs were no longer welcome.
NEWS
November 23, 2002
Lolita Harper One small owl, which has chosen Fairview Park as its winter get-a-way, has ruffled a few feathers at City Hall. A lone burrowing owl -- a small bird native to the treeless, short grass country of North America -- retreats to the east side of Fairview Park from December to March and vacations in an abandoned squirrel hole, environmental documents show. Who gives a hoot? Plenty of people, including state environmental officials, whose opinion carried considerable weight with the City Council.
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By Bradley Zint | April 3, 2014
At one point Wednesday evening, Richard Mehren wondered aloud if any of the 34 ideas suggested for Fairview Park last summer were going to be discussed, much less happen. As the chairman of the park's citizens advisory committee led the conversation for possible additions to the park's 95-acre southwest quadrant, he saw idea after idea receiving little feedback and consequently being scrapped. "Thirty-four items, and we don't get anybody standing up for them," said Mehren, a retired dentist.
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NEWS
January 23, 2014
As rather recent Newport Beach-ites, my husband and I are trying very hard to fit in. I take a tranquilizer when attending homeowners association meetings or reading letters to the editor, amazed that residents of one of the loveliest locations in the country seem to have one complaint after another. But letters like " City Hall's concrete bunnies are fun " indicate that there are those of us who appreciate serendipitous surprises, such as the bunnies, and offer kudos to the designers and supporters of the new Newport Beach Civic Center campus.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 5, 2013
The Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee on Wednesday approved three suggestions for additions to the park, based on ideas the group generated earlier this year. A majority of the nine-member committee favored adding a community garden, information kiosks with pamphlets, and a nature center with bird-watching platforms within the 208-acre park's northwest quadrant. The three suggestions will be brought to city staff, who will research the feasibility of each before the committee's next meeting, scheduled for February.
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By Sarah Peters | October 24, 2012
NASA's shuttle Endeavor didn't land in Costa Mesa, but one local dog owner has other plans to bring space travel to humans and non-humans alike. Briana Smith, 22, of Newport Beach, took a small step for dogs and their owners when she entered the Nestle-Purina Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest 2012 with visions of transforming the Costa Mesa Bark Park into something otherworldly. Her plans of a solar system-themed dog park would include a canine version of a space shuttle, black hole tunnels, flying star jumps, water planet slash pads and for human "astronauts," a solar room for comfortable observation.
NEWS
By Jeffrey Harlan | September 29, 2012
Like some of the City Council candidates, I was disappointed that Costa Mesa United decided to cancel its planned Sept. 21 forum to discuss youth sports in our community. Although this is not a topic that everyone cares about, or has a special interest in, youth sports are important because they impact a variety of decisions the Costa Mesa government makes. They influence land planning, infrastructure, transportation, recreational programming and education, among others. Public parks, where the bulk of our city's youth sports take place (including school sports)
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 28, 2011
The Newport Beach Civic Center construction project could cost an additional $2 million if the City Council decides Tuesday to revive a proposal for a pedestrian bridge. Public Works Director Steve Badum plans to present the latest construction costs and recommend the council add the bridge, which would connect two halves of a park bisected by San Miguel Drive. Criticized for building the $130-million Civic Center in the midst of a recession and a shrinking city staff, the council in February voted to hold off on the bridge to save costs.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | November 4, 2010
Editor's note: This adds Mike Halphide's full name and title. NEWPORT BEACH — Just as daylight saving time ends, the City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow residents to walk their dogs along the beach an extra hour in the morning and half-hour in the evening. With the days getting shorter, dog lovers, many of them senior citizens, have expressed concerns about being alone on the beach after dark. Under the present ordinance, dogs are banned from the beaches from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the council is weighing whether to reduce the ban's window by 90 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 6, the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission unanimously signed off on the concept and sent its recommendations to the council, which is to vote on changing the ordinance Tuesday.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | January 13, 2009
Dogs will be prohibited in the play areas of the 38th Street Park on the Balboa Peninsula, but surrounding areas will have their landscaping changed to accommodate the animals, according to a new city ordinance unanimously passed by the Newport Beach City Council Tuesday night. The ordinance was necessitated by problems caused by dogs’ running around without leashes and owners’ not cleaning up feces in the park, said City Recreation Director Laura Detweiler. The former is a safety hazard for children playing on the grass, while the latter is a sanitary issue.
FEATURES
September 2, 2008
Mia, a yellow Labrador and Whippet mix, is a 4-year-old spayed female who is outgoing and loves playing tug-of-war with the family, her caretaker said. “She is also a loving couch potato when that’s what the family is doing,” said Community Animal Network founder DiAnna Pfaff-Martin. “At the dog park, Mia loves playing with other dogs and at home she has a favorite toy that distributes treats.” Mia loves children of all ages, but is afraid of their moving toys such as remote control cars and skateboards, Pfaff-Martin said.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | August 9, 2008
COSTA MESA — Vera Viana stood at the Costa Mesa Bark Park Saturday afternoon, dodging drops of water as her dog, Mitzu, shook off the bath she had had a few seconds earlier. The 8-year-old Shih Tzu had long, scraggly black and white hair, which meant Viana would have to pay a visit later that day to the groomer. Still, Viana, who lives in Costa Mesa, wouldn’t stop at much to support the Bark Park, where she has taken her dogs — three total, to date — for the last 11 years.
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