CM4RG and Friends Enjoy a Fairview Park Appreciation Picnic

CM4RG and Friends Enjoy a Fairview Park Appreciation Picnic
and Encourage All Costa Mesans to “Keep It Natural”

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Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) and many of our friends and families joined hostess Cindy Brenneman for a Picnic Sunday, November 17.  We came to celebrate unique Fairview Park and show our support to keep the whole Park as it is.

Naturalists led hikes for kids and adults. Archeologists offered information and displayed fascinating artifacts.  Guest enjoyed a Native Flute ceremony, and  members of the Acjachemen and Tongva tribes shared knowledge and hands-on jewelry and tool making crafts.

At least 180 guests expressed appreciation for the park’s open space, opportunities for family outdoor adventures, its natural environment and wildlife habitats, Native American historical, archeological and cultural importance, and for the free train rides in a natural setting.

“The picnic was a great day to show support for Fairview Park, to learn about it’s rich history and role in the local ecosystem, and to have fun with our friends and families” said Robin Leffler, President of CM4RG.

Signs decorated the picnic area expressing support of a natural park and opposition to recent threats to the park of more unnecessary paved areas, playground equipment and athletic fields.  Additional development would turn the park into just another playground and sports field; threaten sensitive environmental and migratory bird feeding areas and damage ancient Native American archeological sites.

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The fun activities enjoyed by all ages clearly demonstrate how beloved this jewel of Costa Mesa is and how important it is for the City to preserve it for the many park users who appreciate recreation in an undeveloped setting.

We are mindful of the plaque in Costa Mesa City Hall that says; “Fairview Park was acquired by the City in 1985 to assure the availability of open space to its citizens.”

For more information about supporting a natural park, please visit www.cm4rg.org.  CM4RG will continue to inform the public about these important decisions and developments.