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Anaheim Coves Groundbreaking Today Launches the Vision of a Community-Friendly Recreation Area
ANAHEIM, CA - (April 14, 2010) - City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle today was joined by the Anaheim City Council, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board, and members from the community in the groundbreaking of Anaheim Coves, a new recreation area located at Rio Vista St. near Wagner St. Today’s event signifies the long-standing relationship linking the City, the Santa Ana River and the Orange County Water District, and represents future opportunities to embrace the natural space which will be beneficial for all.

“I am grateful to everyone involved in making today’s groundbreaking a reality, and in particular, the Orange County Water District,” said Mayor Pringle. “The uniqueness of Anaheim Coves is that it’s a natural site in a highly urban area. In Anaheim Coves we are preserving our natural resources which creates a legacy for generations to come, while at the same time honoring the City’s history and German name from which Anaheim originates: Home by the (Santa Ana) River.”

Today’s ceremony concluded with local children releasing butterflies into the natural surroundings.

Originally known at the Burris Sand Pit and acquired by the OCWD for water conservation, Anaheim Coves will continue to be used as a groundwater recharge area, which is an importance water source for north and central Orange County. As part of the transformation from Burris Pit to Anaheim Coves, the City will add permeably paved handicap access to the 1.5 mile multi-use trail, restrooms, parking, interpretative signage, irrigation, native landscaping including the planting of 1,000 trees, and observation areas throughout the 2.6 mile recreation area.

Funding for Anaheim Coves was applied for and secured in 2007-08, from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), Recreational Trails Program, and California River Parkways, for a combined total of more than $3.7 million. A fourth grant from the RMC added $2.5 million. Permits and environmental clearance were obtained from OCWD, California Fish and Game, and Federal Fish and Wildlife agencies.

Construction is expected to begin in August, with completion in approximately four to six months.

“I believe every public asset should be magnified, and Anaheim Coves is a wonderful example of how government entities can work together to do exciting things that benefit the public,” said Mayor Pringle.

For additional information please visit www.anaheim.net.
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