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February 2, 2012
Lions Park in Costa Mesa was the site of a lighting ceremony Thursday evening, where new eco-friendly lights illuminated the upgrades. Some $520,000 of Costa Mesa's redevelopment agency funds was used to provide Davis Field with new vinyl-coated perimeter fencing, 50-foot baseball netting and a new lighting system, according to a city news release. The lighting system for the West 18th Street facility will cut energy use by about 1.2 million kilowatt hours and 873 metric tons of carbon dioxide over a 25-year period.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa Police Department is set to reopen a police substation on the city's Westside in about a month, according to authorities. The substation is near Lions Park at 567 W. 18th St. and is part of a joint effort between the City Council and Police Department to reach out to the community and have a greater presence on the Westside, according to Lt. Bryan Glass. The location will not be open to the public and will largely serve as an office for the two new park rangers who are expected to work in Lions Park, Capt.
NEWS
September 18, 2007
Costa Mesa City Council members are already considering a skate park at Lions Park, and on Tuesday they’ll talk about whether to continue to allow carnivals there such as the one that accompanies the Lions Club’s annual fish fry. It’s part of a larger discussion on policy regarding carnivals at all city facilities. The problem with the fish fry carnival is that the damage it causes to the ball field takes several weeks to repair, and the city doesn’t own a large space with a concrete surface, which would be better suited to heavy rides and other carnival equipment.
NEWS
November 20, 2007
We too thank the Costa Mesa City Council for taking time to review the placement of a skate park carefully. The residents’ arguments against a skate park at Lions Park were overwhelming. In fact, there were only two or three speakers who spoke for establishment of a skate park at Lions Park. Green space in this park has been taken away little by little over the years. A community center, a recreation center, a historical museum, parking lots, county library, fire station, all necessary activities for a city, have gradually taken much of the green space at Lions Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alan Blank | May 29, 2008
It probably won’t bring down the price of gas, but the Lions Club Fish Fry is going green — sort of. The 61-year-old fair, one of Costa Mesa’s most beloved institutions, will bring its rides, music and fried cod out to Lions Park Saturday and Sunday; this year, however, connoisseurs of the liquid shortening that the fair has traditionally used to fry its fish might be disappointed. “We’ve gone with [soybean] oil that someone is actually going to collect from us to turn into diesel fuel,” said a laughing Mike Scheafer, who has helped organize the event for 25 years.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 15, 2007
Moving Costa Mesa's annual Lions Club fish fry out of Lions Park may spell the death of the event that has run for six decades, Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club board member Mike Scheafer said Tuesday. As Scheafer and other Lions try to plan for the 2008 fish fry, they'll discuss contingency plans in case they're displaced. And they could be, if the city builds a second skate park near Park Avenue and West 18th Street. The fish fry, which is always the weekend after Memorial Day, has taken place at Lions Park for 59 of its 61 years.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 7, 2007
A proposal to put a skate park at either Lions or Fairview parks has come to a skidding halt. The council voted 3-2 Tuesday, with Mayor Allan Mansoor and Councilman Eric Bever dissenting, to not move forward with the planning and design for a permanent skate park at Lions Park. Instead, Costa Mesa officials are looking into creating mini skateboarding facilities across multiple parks in the city, excluding Fairview. “It’s kind of pulling back from the idea of building a second, fairly large skateboard facility in Lions Park to something more distributed around the community where you might have small skateboarding areas around the community,” City Manager Allan Roeder said.
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By L'Oreal Battistelli | June 3, 2007
The Costa Mesa/Newport Harbor Lions Club held its 60th annual Fish Fry Saturday in Lions Park where they cooked up about 1,000 fish dinners. Mike Schaefer, Lions Club secretary and past president, said each year, the groups cook up about 15 pounds of fish throughout the day. The fry included several food booths, and a band that stepped in to bring the entertainment to those in attendance. The highlight of Sunday's fry will be a baby contest that will feature two categories: ages six to 12 months and ages 12 months to two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alan Blank | May 31, 2008
One city council member’s vote was all that saved the Lions Club Fish Fry this year — a far cry from the days when Charles TeWinkle and the other four members of the council were all Lions, promoting the event from their seats of municipal power. Back in those days, the fry had a big, well-attended parade down Harbor Boulevard and a Miss Costa Mesa beauty pageant. Everyone who was everyone in the city came down, as shown in pictures and video at the booth sponsored by the Costa Mesa Historical Society at this year’s fair.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 9, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an upgraded security system for City Hall and a new one for Lions Park. City Hall's current system is 6 years old and consists of eight cameras and a digital recorder, according to a city staff report. Those cameras cover part of the lobby and the first floor's hallways. The new system would monitor areas of the parking lot and portions of all of City Hall's floors. City officials said the new cameras would not be monitoring employees' desk areas.
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By Bradley Zint | December 11, 2013
Civic Center Park in Costa Mesa was once destined to be the site of a gleaming, 50,000-square-foot central library. But with those ambitious plans scrapped - much to library boosters' dismay - the 2.52-acre grassy plot is poised to fulfill a far different goal: getting the city's homeless into a supportive environment. Three Costa Mesa City Council members agreed Tuesday to look into using the park for a housing development that would aid the homeless. The site could contain up to 50 units.
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NEWS
July 19, 2013
Re. " Mobile home park conversion stalled ," (July 16): It was sad to hear the voices of residents frightened at the prospect of losing their homes, pleading for the City Council to turn down a developer's request to allow conversion of their mobile home park into apartment buildings. Some complained that they had only learned of it the day before upon reading of it in the Daily Pilot. These Costa Mesa residents, like many others, had paid scant attention to their city government until faced with a direct threat to their well-being.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 18, 2013
The white primer paint had gotten on his hands, feet and legs - even his face - but Pete Carolan maintained a steady pace and concentration as he applied it to the jet fighter. Fortunately for the retired Navy SEAL, the mixture could be washed off with water. Carolan was part of a team Wednesday working toward restoring the Grumman F9F Panther in the Lions Park playground. The former Korean War-era plane has been a fixture in the downtown Costa Mesa park since 1960. Costa Mesa police Sgt. Vic Bakkila, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and longtime resident Al Bernstein are helping to lead the restoration effort.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 2, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council had no old business or new business on its agenda Tuesday night, but that didn't mean there wasn't anything to be done. As part of its consent calendar, the council unanimously approved new overnight parking restrictions for a section of Anaheim Avenue bordering Lions Park. The parking spaces along the avenue between 18th and Center streets will now be subject to a "modified resident only" permit system. Under the system, which will cost $500 for new signs, permits will be required to park between midnight and 5 a.m. Throughout the rest of the day, the area's parking will be available for users of Lions Park, the Neighborhood Community Center and environs.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 9, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an upgraded security system for City Hall and a new one for Lions Park. City Hall's current system is 6 years old and consists of eight cameras and a digital recorder, according to a city staff report. Those cameras cover part of the lobby and the first floor's hallways. The new system would monitor areas of the parking lot and portions of all of City Hall's floors. City officials said the new cameras would not be monitoring employees' desk areas.
NEWS
October 15, 2012
A Costa Mesa man is being charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits sex offenders from entering city parks, prosecutors said Monday. Stephen Lee Austin, 25, was arrested after being found sleeping at the Costa Mesa Historical Society building within Lions Park about midnight Sept. 12, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The day before, a park ranger gave Austin a citation, warning him that it is illegal to sit or climb on a public building, prosecutors said.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | June 2, 2012
A 65-year-old tradition turned a new page Saturday with Fairview Park in Costa Mesa hosting the annual Fish Fry and Carnival. To some, it was a tradition broken, but for past Lions Club president Jim Ferryman, every deep fryer has a silver lining. "I think that it's going to be good this year," Ferryman, 63, said. "And in the long run, this is a better venue. There is room to expand and we'll be able to fine tune the event itself. " Past years saw the Fish Fry at Lions Park - named for the Lions Club, which hosts the annual event - but city officials asked the club to relocate for fear that the newly renovated Davis Field would be damaged by the carnival rides, Ferryman said.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | May 3, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved a $1,514 stipend for Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and Councilman Steve Mensinger, who plan to attend the annual International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas later this month. The Costa Mesa Conference and Visitors Bureau will cover the other half of the cost. The trip is part of the city's effort to attract new commercial development, especially sit-down restaurants on Harbor Boulevard, council members said.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
Lions Park in Costa Mesa was the site of a lighting ceremony Thursday evening, where new eco-friendly lights illuminated the upgrades. Some $520,000 of Costa Mesa's redevelopment agency funds was used to provide Davis Field with new vinyl-coated perimeter fencing, 50-foot baseball netting and a new lighting system, according to a city news release. The lighting system for the West 18th Street facility will cut energy use by about 1.2 million kilowatt hours and 873 metric tons of carbon dioxide over a 25-year period.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 31, 2011
COSTA MESA — The City Council on Tuesday night will consider banning smoking in almost every city park. Based on a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Commission, the council will discuss prohibiting smoking at 25 parks that have children's playground equipment and three city athletic field sites: the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex and Luke Davis Field at Lions Park. The four city parks without playground equipment would not be subject to the ban. According to the proposed ordinance, smoking would be prohibited within 50 feet of designated sites, including the children's area of the Balearic Community Center.
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