Garden Grove

Workshops planned on Willowick re-use

WILLOWICK GOLF COURSE in Santa Ana is on land owned by the City of Garden Grove.

Another step toward the possible re-use of the Willowick Golf Course site will be taken with three community workshops set for August, September and October in Santa Ana.

The 101.5-acre parcel is owned by the City of Garden Grove but within Santa Ana city limits, so the two cities are working together to consider alternate uses for the land.

In April the two councils voted to each contribute $50,000 for the hiring of an economic advisory consultant and a community facilitator consultant. They and city leaders would work toward creating a “vision” for the property based on community outreach.

A “master developer” for the project would also be sought and a Willowick Ad Hoc Steering Committee consisting of three city council members from each city to oversee the process would be created.

The golf course’s fate is considered particularly timely in that the lease on the land will be expiring shortly, and the OC Streetcar line – which may have a stop at the site on its way from Santa Ana to Garden Grove – could be operational as soon as 2021.

The workshops – intended to solicit public input – are set for:

  • Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill Industries, 410 N Fairview St., Santa Ana. The focus will be on exploring ideas, needs and goals of the community.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Spurgeon Intermediate School, 2701 W. 5th St., Santa Ana. Economic and market forces will be discussed and will include activities using maps and boards.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m., also at Spurgeon. This workshop will evaluate alternative concepts from previous workshops.

For more information, contact Mary Medrano of Garden Grove’s Planning Division at (714) 741-5315.




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