Our recent meetings with Huntington Beach City Councilpersons regarding our desired Irby Park Restoration project were quite positive. The City agrees that the time to improve and restore Irby Park has come, especially since Bartwood Park’s restoration project is underway leaving Irby as the last park in Huntington Beach without a completion plan. With regards to timing, the City budget cycle renews each October, but to bridge the gap between now and October 2016, the City has agreed to allow our group to begin grassroots efforts to begin project planning so that we can be in a more advantageous position by October 2016 when we want to begin getting some sort of more official City support. One of our own residents will lead this grassroots effort.
Irby Tract resident Keith Fulthorp, Ed.D., is an Associate Department Chair of the Recreation and Leisure Studies department at Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB). The City has outlined a plan with Keith and granted approval to have Keith work with CSULB to tailor a current Spring semester class to do Outreach and Research with Irby residents to better formulate the neighborhood’s specific goals in any future Irby Park Restoration project. Pending the results of this class project’s results, we hope to be able to continue our partnership between the City, CSULB, and Irby Residents to continue making progress towards our goal of a more beautiful Irby Park.