By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
As the city of Stanton looks to future, it sees a park, the biggest park yet, on the horizon.
The redevelopment agency approved the purchase of the Mary Perez Elementary School at 10660 Western Ave. at the last city council meeting on Sept. 14.
On Tuesday, bonds were voted on in order to purchase the land and begin the one and half year or so process of turning it into a park.
“We are in the process of purchasing the property,” said Carol Jacobs, Stanton city manager.
Jacobs said that it will take over a year until the ground breaking portion of the process comes about.
Six to eight months of the process will be designing the park. Once the city agrees on a design and a bidder is secured to construct the park, it may be about a year to build it.
This 11.5 acres of land is currently used a golf driving range. The range has been under scrutiny from local residents, who have made several public statements about rogue golf balls creating a danger zone out of their neighborhood, the Fernwood Mobile Home Park.
According to Jacobs, the city has never had this much space to work with for a park and for those working on the project, the prospect is exciting.
We are under parked,” said Jacobs, “This will be the first good-sized park that we can do what we want with it. It’s something unique for us. It’s huge.”