Costa Mesa creates new committees to oversee youth sports, open space and recreation; Fairview Park

COSTA MESA – The City Council created one committee to oversee Fairview Park and combined two others to provide oversight on youth sports, open space and recreation, weeks after members voted to dissolve some boards and end some committee member terms early.

In a series of 3-2 votes Tuesday night, with council members Jim Righeimer and Allan Mansoor dissenting on each, the council approved forming the Youth Sports, Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Fairview Park Steering Committee.

Most of the late-night discussion centered on combining the Youth Sports Council and the new Open Space & Recreation Advisory committees, which will provide facilities for youth sports programs and advise the council on how to spend developer fees to improve recreational opportunities.

The formation is mandated under Measure Z, which imposes new fees on development projects north of the I-405 and west of Fairview Drive.

Mayor Katrina Foley said the committee will play a broader role than the existing Youth Sports Council, which discusses youth sports in what amounts to a roundtable forum.

“The committee will have more responsibility in assessing the needs, prioritizing projects, developing and recommending funding allocations to the City Council for improving youth sport facilities as well as other open space and recreational opportunities,” she said.

Righeimer said there was no rush in creating the committee since no funds are currently set aside for recreational projects.

“There’s not any money there now and there’s not any money for the foreseeable future,” he said. “We just have to have it (the committee) when we decide to spend some money.”

The committee will consist of 17 members, including representatives of youth baseball, soccer and football programs and one from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and will meet bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month.

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