Across the Area

New fences and more for parks

NEW fencing for the Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove is delayed but is on its way (Orange County Tribune photo).

Walking by Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove you may notice that there’s a temporary fence there in place of the chain-link barrier that was there previously. According to John Montanchez, community services director for the city, the new high-tech fence planned to replace it has been a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. It seems that the company that manufactures the fencing had to shut down because of COVID-19. His best guess on when the new stuff will be manufactured in late September or early October.

Kayla Cleland of Huntington Beach will serve as one of 46 students in the Undergraduate Student Government at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Stanton City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and will be conducted telephonically, according to the city clerk.

Huntington Beach isn’t the only area city cracking down on drunk and otherwise impaired driving. The Westminster Police Department has been conducting DUI checkpoint to enforce traffic laws and to educate drivers on the dangers of impaired driving. So far, 1,579 vehicles have traveled through those checkpoints and, of those, 1,009 were stopped and/or screened. Forty-six citations were issued and four people arrested for driving under the influence.

One more note about parks. The City of Garden Grove has put out to bid a request for a new design for the playground and shelters at Garden Grove Park. Replacements are to be in place by late spring 2021.

TOM DaRe, (City of Garden Grove photo).

Police Chief Tom DaRe will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee, set for Friday, Sept. 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The meeting will be held through Zoom video conference. Contact the chamber at (714) 638-7950.

A new webpage and address – – has been launched by the City of Garden Grove to provide more information about the Community Emergency Response Team. CERT members are volunteers trained in disaster response and life-saving skills. Questions? E-mail them to .

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