The city of Santa Ana has a teeny amount of public park space per resident compared to just about every other city in Orange County (save Stanton), so when a new park is announced, it’s a big deal especially when it is close enough for use by Willard Intermediate School students and the surrounding neighborhood.
Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez touted the new park with this quote in the Voice of OC: “That zip code, 92701, we all know there aren’t too many parks, and it’s an area that really needs a lot of help,” said Councilwoman Michele Martinez.”
From the city’s press release:
The City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District received word from the State that they have been awarded a $4.4 Million grant to develop Willard Intermediate School as a Public Park. The new park will be a joint-use recreational facility to be of use for Willard students during school hours and then open to the community for their use after school, on weekends, and during the summer, winter, and spring school breaks.
The Willard Park will have a synthetic field with lights for youth to play various types of sports, a rubberized track around the field for all members of Santa Ana families to walk and run daily, and a new playground for children. A restroom and landscape improvements will also be provided by the grant.
The award comes from the Proposition 84 Park Development Program. $182 Million were issued in awards throughout the state and Santa Ana is proud to receive two awards. The second park is due to Latino Health Access also receiving from this Grant Program a $3.5 Million award to build a park and center in the Lacy Neighborhood.
So what the problem here? A small one on Martinez’s part.
The new park she mentioned in the quote is not in the 92701 zip code; it’s in the 92706. The address for that park is on N. Ross St, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The Lacy neighborhood park is the one in the 92701 zip code and details about what that park will include weren’t available on the city’s press release. But it does appear Martinez got the parks mixed up by features, location and grants. We invite her or somone from the city to provide details on the Lacy neighborhood park in the comments below.
Martinez is a candidate for the state assembly in AD-69; she’s been on the Santa Ana city council for nearly five years.
We applaud any new park that comes online in Santa Ana for its residents.