Fairview Park Wetlands & Riparian Habitat Project


FairviewFairview Park is an open space park located at 2501 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa and offers the amenities of picnic tables, walking areas and bike trails. Many events such as model plane flying and train rides are held throughout the year and are often hosted by organizations such as the Costa Mesa Historical Society, Harbor Soaring Society, Orange County Model Engineers and ReLeaf Costa Mesa.


The Fairview Park Wetlands and Riparian Habitat Project will begin with the restoration of approximately 17-acres of riparian habitat. This is the first phase of the larger project that includes riparian streams, water quality filtration ponds, native habitat and walking trails. The project will also develop a water delivery system that will treat urban run-off from the Greenville-Banning Channel and supply water to the parks riparian habitat. Once complete, visitors will offered the enjoyment of new trails, observance locations and nature boards to help enjoy habitat in its natural state.


Riparian Habitat


Phase One was completed in October 2009. The US Army Corps and their contractor have completed the planting of 475 native trees, 8,520 shrubs, and 2,270 willow cuttings. The project also included the installation of a temporary irrigation system and the grading of two ponds and connecting streams.


Tree Planting


The City has received a South Coast Air Quality Management District grant to fund the planting and maintenance of 250 California native trees in several city parks. Sixty California Sycamore trees will be planted throughout Fairview Park using these grant funds. Planting of the trees will begin in the spring of 2010.


Upper Mesa


Improvements have been completed to the upper mesa of Fairview Park, Area D on the Fairview Park Master Plan. A decomposed granite trail loop has been completed along with interpretive signs outlining the history and biological significance of the park. Gathering areas, benches, and an observation platform at the vernal pool have also been constructed. Visitors to the park can now use the new stairs that have been completed to travel from the upper mesa of the park to the lower mesa and to Talbert Nature Preserve along the Santa Ana River.


Map of Construction Area


For questions, please feel free to contact Robert Staples, Fairview Park Plan Administrator in the Department of Public Services at (714) 754-5303.