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Official dedication of Brea’s Wildcatters Park set for July 1, 2013

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    Join the Brea City Council, city staff and the representatives from Shea Homes and Standard Pacific Development for the official dedication to Brea newest park - Wildcatters Park - on Monday July 1 at 4:30 p.m.

      Below is a story about Wildcatters Park written by Local Opinion for the Register,Terri Daxon. Her assessment and details, published in April, make for an interesting read.

        Wildcatters Park preps for opening

          I recently previewed the new 16-acre Wildcatters public park on Santa Fe Road and Valencia Avenue, by the new Shea Homes' Blackstone homes and apartments. The park looks ready for people, but there are still a few finishing touches needed and landscaping that must be well established before it is people-proof by summer. Directly across the street is Wildcatters Dog Park, but it won't be welcoming pooches and people until sometime in the fall, said Chris Emeterio, Brea's community services director.

            Wildcatters was constructed, landscaped and fully equipped with a top-quality football-baseball field, a basketball court and two covered playgrounds, including a tot lot with the area's first handicapped-accessible swing. Shade for the playgrounds was something many parents requested. The adjacent older children's playground has cool climbing and playing elements plus some parts that make music. Hardly the park playgrounds most of us grew up with.

              A large grassy area with picnic shelters and barbecue grills also caught my attention.

                "It is a passive park," Emeterio said of the area. That just means there are no playing fields or stationary play equipment in that area. But it looks like the perfect spot to sit back with a good book or toss a Frisbee until the burgers are ready.

                  Wildcatters Park is basically a gift to the city and its residents. It was constructed, landscaped and fully equipped by Shea Homes. Brea's Parks, Recreation and Human Services Commission, however, had much input regarding the park design, site use and various amenities, including the playing field for Brea's youth sports leagues.

                    Community Services Manager Sean Matlock said park maintenance will be covered by community facility district funds from the Blackstone development.

                      Often developers create private parks for exclusive use of their residents, but not this one. We all will be welcome to enjoy it. Community benefit was the term used most often to describe the park by both Emeterio and Matlock.

                        Expect plenty of on-site and street parking for both parks, plus a 0.6-mile bike and walking path. In addition, both parks will have handicapped parking and ramps for safe entry and exit.

                          Emeterio and Matlock emphasized that the city conducted much community outreach with residents to determine just what people wanted in a city park and a dog park. From what I saw, I think they listened, and we will all be pleased with the results.

                            Former Mayor Don Schweitzer gave me some interesting history on the original park in that area, circa 1950s and 1960s, on what was then Union Oil property.

                              "There was a picnic ground in that area before; Union Oil built and maintained it," Schweitzer said. He said he didn't believe it was open to the public but was available to companies and others for parties and picnics. "I have fond memories of company and family picnics there," he said.

                                Schweitzer also recalled a shooting range in that area – something we won't find at the new Wildcatters Park. Emeterio also recalled memories of company picnics and fun times at the former park with his family while growing up in Brea.

                                  It's nice that new generations of Brea families soon will enjoy good times at the new Wildcatters Park and its long-awaited dog park.

                                    Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.
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