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ANAHEIM, CA - (September 11, 2013) - The City of Anaheim values its parks and outdoor recreational living space. Anaheim boasts 52 parks citywide, the Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim Coves, bike paths, and more.

We are interested in adding 20 acres of park space and lighted sports fields off Ball Road/57 Freeway in an area currently called the Ball Road Basin. This land is adjacent to Anaheim Coves, and the City envisions a place for youth and adult sports, and walking paths as an extension of Anaheim Coves along the Santa Ana River. However, the City is at risk of not being given the opportunity to discuss the land purchase with its owner.


The 20 acres of land is currently owned by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), and the City has expressed interest in purchasing the property for community use. In a surprise move, the OCWD has planned a special board meeting for tomorrow, Sept. 12 at 8:10 a.m. to “take immediate action” to begin discussions with a private power company to purchase the property, and to consequentially build a large power plant. The power plant would not be a provider of power to Anaheim Public Utilities customers.

Simply put, we feel the property is better suited as park and sports field space for our residents and neighbors.

The City of Anaheim would gladly work with the power company to identify an alternative site for a power plant. We believe the power plant is not compatible with the surrounding residential and community land use. If built, residents and homes would be within 1,000 feet of the power plant.


There are a few ways to express your opinion to the OCWD Board Members and show your support for a park and sports fields in Anaheim.

  • 1. You can call the OCWD at (714) 378-3200
  • 2. You can submit comments via email, by clicking here
  • 3. You can attend the Special Meeting, to be held tomorrow at 8:10 a.m. at the OCWD offices (18700 Ward St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708)

We appreciate your support.

For more information about this issue, please click here.

For more information about Anaheim’s parks, please visit www.anaheim.net/communityservices.

Media Contact: Ruth Ruiz 714.765.5060more city news


ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous and most visited cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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