What Do YOU Think: Has the County Just Begun to Privatize OUR Park Land?


“Our park plan was shanghaied.”


That was Fullerton resident Denny Dean, who expressed his disappointment to The Register about the county’s new long-range plan for county park land. Apparently, the county has now opened the door for private firms (such as The Irvine Company) to manage public park land. So what does this mean?

Supervisor Chris Norby says that this means more open space will be open to the public. But is he right about this? Will allowing private companies to manage public land actually mean more land open to the public? Or is this the first step toward privatizing our public land in Orange County?

So what do YOU think about the county’s new long-range plan for county parks? Is this just an innocuous effort to save the county some money while keeping open space open to the public? Or is this just the beginning of a process to take the “public” out of “public land”? I want to hear what YOU have to say about the new plan for county parks, so tell me what’s on your mind.

Go ahead. Make my day. Fire away, and have your say! 🙂

  3 comments for “What Do YOU Think: Has the County Just Begun to Privatize OUR Park Land?

  1. Paul Lucas
    October 3, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    You hit the nail on the head. Basically yes the county is begining the process of privatizing our public resources. Its a shame and I hope that there is a groundswell on both sides of the political spectrum to counter this action.

  2. BN
    October 3, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    For anyone who loves Orange County for it’s open space I think this is a very bad day. What other incentive could this serve than to make it easier for developers and road builders to shape the coutny to their will?

    I am not alone in my belief that the greatest treasure that OC has is it’s open space. Everyone that comes down here from LA always marvels at how “green” it is. And yet OC is one of the most densly populated counties in the US!

    What is most shocking is how this board of supervisors simply ignores all of the loud and unified voices around them. They work for the people right??

  3. Andrew Davey
    October 3, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    They work for the people right??

    Do they, BN? Do they really? After all, when they’re more than willing to begin privatizing what’s supposed to be OUR public land, it makes me wonder who these Supes are REALLY working for.


    Yep, it really does scare me. I mean, we may be handing over the keys to OUR precious natural resources over to a few private developers (like The Irvine Co.) who may not share the same interest in preserving OUR natural resources. Again, who are these five Supes really working for? From what I’m seeing, it doesn’t look like they have OUR best interest in mind.

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