The City of Fullerton is set to begin renovations at the historic Hillcrest Park. The groundbreaking ceremony for the restoration projects is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 20, at 3pm on the Great Lawn.
The restoration plans for Hillcrest Park began with the formation of the Hillcrest Ad Hoc Committee that worked with members of the community and City staff to make recommendations to restore the park. Many meetings and workshops were held to receive the community’s input and involve the community in the plans to preserve, protect, and restore the City’s 35-acre premier park. By 2011, the Hillcrest Park Master Plan was developed and the City Council directed staff to establish a phased implementation plan.
Earlier this year in March, the Fullerton City Council voted unanimously to move forward with renovations and construction and implement Phases 1 and 2 of the improvements identified in the Hillcrest Master Plan.
“It’s very exciting to reach the building stage of what has been an inclusive process involving a variety of people with a variety of perspectives. When the City Council approved the Hillcrest Master Plan, we stepped up and did our job and honored the commitment to address the infrastructure needs of our community. I can’t wait to see children and families flocking to it once again,” says Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald.
The phases of restoration will include restoring the 1920’s era Works Progress Administration (WPA) historic fountain and surrounding stonework, major improvements to the Great Lawn and the barranca, and the creation of an inviting grand entrance on Harbor Blvd. The “Pine Forest Stairs” will be a new feature, a network of seven-foot wide timber stairs, connecting Lion’s Field to Hillcrest Park. It will attract health and fitness enthusiasts and offer visitors new viewing decks.
The community is invited to come alongside Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald and the City Council at the groundbreaking ceremony and kick-off an exciting new era at Hillcrest Park.
Fullerton is home to several buildings and sites which have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Hillcrest Park which is located at 1200 North Harbor Boulevard.