On April 7, the Yorba Park was reopened to the public after more than a year of renovations both above and below the ground. Yorba Park sits on what used to be a County landfill, and that made the project a bit more complex than you might think.
In recognition of their role in transforming a former landfill site into an updated and attractive community park, OC Waste & Recycling was recognized with an Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties. The County worked alongside the City of Orange to install state of the art environmental protection and vapor collection systems. Yorba Park also now boasts new restrooms, newly created decomposed granite paths; landscaping that includes drought tolerant shrubs and grasses, and the dog park was enhances with several additional amenities.
We congratulate OC Waste & Recycling for their recognition, and would like to again thank the County for their partnership.
We were also honored by the American Planning Association with an award in the “Opportunity and Empowerment” category for our efforts on behalf of the Orange County HomeAid Family Care Center. The Center opened last summer in northwest Orange, and was built to house homeless families for up-to 45 nights. Operated by Mercy House, the Family Care Center is a collaboration between several Orange County non-profits and the City of Orange. APA commended the Family Care Center for serving over 5,000 individuals during its first months of operation.