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orange coast river park successes

Below is a list of accomplishments of the Orange Coast River Park (OCRP) Committee.

  • The OCRP is listed on the Southern California Wetland Recovery Project Plan as an “incubator” project with recognition and assistance toward funding of individual projects within the OCRP as they become available.
  • A Memorandum of Agreement, or working agreement, has been signed by the three cities indicating acceptance of the concept and benefit of cooperation in planning, managing and raising funds. Each has identified a staff liaison to work with the OCRP Committee.


  • CDM (Camp Dresser McKee) completed a Water Resources/Water Quality Planning Report with $10,000 provided by Orange County Coastkeeper.
  • The OCRP Committee received a grant for assistance from the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Assistance Program in developing a unified Trails Plan.


  • OCRP received a $1,000 Kodak Greenways Grants and $4,500 from Tom’s of Maine.
  • The 15 acre Sunset Ridge Park in Newport Beach was transferred from Caltrans to California State Parks with $1.3M from Newport Beach.


  • The OCRP Native Plant Propagation Nursery was started with a $30,000 grant from the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Program Community Based Grants Program.
  • The Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach Vision Plans were completed with $5,000 each from The Wildlands Conservancy.


  • Restoration began on the 35 acre Fairview Wetlands and Riparian Habitat Project with mitigation funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Costa Mesa.
  • The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy began restoration on the 100 acre Brookhurst and Magnolia marshes.
  • A $10,000 grant was received from the Orange County Community Foundation for the Nursery.


  • A $12,000 grant was received from the Gimbel Foundation for the Nursery which held the first major planting day in April 2009.
  • The Brookhurst Marsh reopened to the ocean in June 2009 thanks to the hard work of the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.
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