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swim

Anaheim kids now have more opportunities to beat the summer heat with a dip in Pearson Park Pool.

We’ve added a second weekend day of free swim time for the community, and the pool will stay open an additional month.

From now through Labor Day, kids, adults and families can enjoy Pearson Park Pool on Sundays, in addition to the pool’s free swim hours on Saturday. Plus, the pool will be open for an additional free swim day on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

Public swim hours at Pearson Park Pool:

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 3
  • Labor Day, Sept. 4, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This extended summer splash is thanks to the city’s ongoing partnership with Anaheim YMCA, which runs swim programs at the pool.

For more, visit Anaheim.net/swim.

wings

Anaheim residents and visitors alike have sprouted wings.

They’ve grabbed the ultimate selfie with a pair of giant sculpted wings suspended above steps for people to pose in front of and become part of the art.

The wings are the centerpiece of “Wings of the City,” an outdoor exhibit of nine bronze sculptures by acclaimed Mexican artist Jorge Marín on display at the Anaheim Convention Center grounds now through Sept. 30.

The wings, which debuted in 2010 as a public art exhibit on Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, have been the backdrop for millions of photos as they’ve toured the world.

Here in Anaheim, seeing the wings and the other statues offers a break from our busy, everyday lives and a chance to take in some world-class art.

The statues pay homage to classic sculptures with surreal twists: men adorned with dream-like wings or bird masks, and some in stunning acrobatic poses.

Anaheim is the first California city on a U.S. tour that started in 2013 in Texas. The statues also have been displayed in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The statues are arranged so visitors can enjoy them on a leisurely stroll through the walkways around the Convention Center.

Taking and sharing personal pictures is encouraged using the hashtag #wingsinanaheim.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Parking is available at Car Park 2, which is the parking structure alongside the Hilton Anaheim.

Please note parking in the structure is $6 for the first hour and $1.25 for each additional hour.

You can see the statues and park for free on Aug. 13 and Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. in Car Park 1, along Hotel Way off Katella Avenue.

For more, check out Anaheim.net/wings

dog

It may be a long time in dog years, but a new and improved La Palma Dog Park will be here before we know it.

The dog park closed in July for upgrades that will debut in mid-October. The park has been such a hit that the grassy center of the big-dog area has been worn out with all the running and ball chasing. That creates a muddy mess in the rain or morning dew.

Of course, the dogs don’t mind. But tracking mud can be tough on cars and homes after a fun time at the park.

So we’re replacing the center grass area with decomposed granite that’s worked well at Olive Hills Dog Park, which opened in east Anaheim a year ago.

Similar to a baseball warning track, decomposed granite is durable and requires little water or maintenance. Dogs will love it. And there still will be plenty of grass ringing the decomposed granite center.

The durability also should mean that La Palma Dog Park won’t have to be closed as often for wet weather or maintenance.

The park’s small-dog area will remain as grass, as it doesn’t see the same wear as the big-dog area. But it’s being reseeded with a more rugged strain of grass.

Thanks for your patience as we make La Palma Dog Park even better.

homeless

There’s a new resource for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Anaheim.

The Anaheim Service Center opened last month on Anaheim Boulevard, bringing together under one roof services offered by local nonprofits, the city and faith-based groups. It is another step forward in our ongoing initiative to address homelessness.

Irvine-based Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit with a long history of work in our community, will run the center, which serves as an Anaheim home base for two city programs the group operates.

The Homeless Assistance Pilot Program started in 2015 and has already helped many homeless families in Anaheim schools. The program has helped improve school attendance of children and increased stability and income for Anaheim families.

The Chronically Homeless Individuals Pilot Program, which launched this year, aims to help find housing for those living on the streets who might not have many options.

This will be the first time these two programs have had an Anaheim office. The city allows Illumination Foundation to use the space at no cost.

In addition to the programs run by Illumination Foundation, the Anaheim Service Center will also be a homeless resource center. Other service providers in the city, including our partners at City Net and Mercy House, will be able to collaborate in one space and address this important community issue.

Having a unified space for the city’s many homeless programs will be a huge benefit for both service providers and those who seek help.

For more of what we’re doing to address homelessness, visit Anaheim.net/homeless.

station 2

At Sunkist Street and La Palma Avenue, construction is under way on Anaheim’s first new fire station in a decade.

It’s familiar ground for Anaheim Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Tim O’Hara.

He grew up in the area. As a kid, O’Hara and friends would ride their bikes to the neighboring 7-Eleven for Slurpees.

What’s more, O’Hara got his first real job as a box boy at Sportsman Spirits, a market that once stood in the exact location where the new fire station is being built.

Now he’ll work in the same spot as head of the new station when it opens in mid-2018, an example of how Anaheim Fire & Rescue is part of the community it serves.

“It brings an entirely different perspective having grown up in the area,” O’Hara said.

The new Station No. 5 will improve fire and paramedic response times to four minutes or less for those who live and work in the area.

It replaces a 56-year-old station at 1154 N. Kraemer Blvd. Once the new station opens, the old building will be used by Anaheim Public Utilities.

The 9,481-square-foot station will cost $5.4 million to build and is being funded by additional proceeds from a 2014 bond sale to finance the Anaheim Convention Center expansion.

Access

The arts play an important role in Anaheim.

But for those living with developmental and intellectual disabilities, classes in music, theater and crafts can be more than just a fun activity, they can be life-changing.

Changing lives is what the city hopes to offer with the opening of the new Anaheim Accessibility Center at Citrus Park.

Nonprofit groups Creative Identity and the Anaheim Family YMCA offer a variety of arts classes and programs at the new center, serving community members with developmental disabilities.

In the next several months, the city hopes to bring in one or two more groups to offer additional programs at the center. Program providers use the space at no cost.

The building, originally a train station, has housed various uses over the years, most recently serving as a childcare center. The building became vacant, and the city took the opportunity to transform it into a much-needed center to provide services for the developmentally disabled.

Before, the city offered some services at a converted two-story home in Maxwell Park. The space had become too small and impractical, and the opening at Citrus Park proved a perfect solution.

To prepare the new space, the city completed $100,000 in building improvements, including features to make the building more accessible such as lighting, braille signs and new restrooms.

Big Read graphic

The timely story of a changing Mexican town and its complex relationship with America is on Anaheim’s summer reading list.

Anaheim is joining with cities across the country in reading Luís Alberto Urrea’s 2009 novel “Into the Beautiful North” as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program.

On Sept. 16, residents can hear from Urrea himself when he visits Anaheim Central Library to talk about “Into the Beautiful North.”

The book tells the story of a young woman’s efforts to save her Sinaloan home from drug gangsters after the men of the town leave to work in the United States.

The woman, who becomes inspired after watching the American Western classic film “The Magnificent Seven,” sets out to America to recruit seven Mexican men to come back and fight for her town.

Residents can read “Into the Beautiful North” and join in a series of literary and cultural events by Anaheim Public Libraries coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Urrea’s Anaheim visit and other events are made possible by a $16,000 NEA Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency that promotes the arts.

Watch for details on upcoming library events starting in August at Anaheim.net/library.

commissions

There are two new ways to get involved in your city.

There are 21 seats open on the brand new Youth Commission and seven seats open on the recently reestablished Senior Citizen Commission.

Applicants for the Youth Commission must be Anaheim residents between the ages of 14 and 26, with parental consent required for those under 18. Students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.

Those interested in joining the Senior Citizen Commission must be age 60 or older and be a resident of Anaheim.

Commissioners are some of the first people in the city to address important issues that affect the Anaheim community. Apply now and have a voice in your city.

Be sure to submit your application soon, as the City Council will make appointments in August.

To apply, visit Anaheim.net/boardsandcommissions. For questions, call (714) 765-5166.

utilities

Thankfully, the worst of the historic drought is over after a wet winter and outstanding conservation efforts.

Recently, the city eased up on mandatory watering restrictions. You're now free to do your outdoor watering without worrying about a three-day outdoor watering schedules.

But, even after the drought, saving water is a way of life in California. Another drought could always be just around the corner.

Continue to do your part:

  • Avoid watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Adjust sprinklers to minimize runoff
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and pavement
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose
  • Use non-potable or recirculated water in fountains or decorative water features

As we all continue our efforts to save water, there are plenty of city programs to help. Rebates are still available for rotating nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers, turf replacement, high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers and other items.

For more details, visit Anaheim.net/savewater


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