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Costa Mesa

August 24, 2000|Jennifer Kho, (949) 574-4275

After listening to dozens of residents' concerns, the City Council sent Fairview Park remodeling plans back to the drawing board Monday.

"The intent is to make it a user-friendly park," Councilman Joe Erickson said. "We listened to the people who spoke. It isn't a natural park right now, but it is very usable. We also want to restore it to its natural state."

The city plans to turn the park, now a grassy field with dirt trails, into a nature preserve. It has proposed replacing exotic plants with native ones, adding parking areas and paving some of the trails.

Paving the paths would allow bicyclists to use the trails, now designated for pedestrian and limited equestrian use. Strollers, skateboards and wheelchairs are also easier to use on paved trails, said David Alkema, parks project manager for the city.

The council will review the plans at its Sept. 5 meeting.

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