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The expanded trail, playground and exercise area at Anaheim Coves are now open.

Come enjoy a beautiful walk along the Santa Ana River under the Anaheim sunshine, take the kids to dig for dinosaur eggs in the sand pit, get in your workout on the exercise equipment, ride your bike, bring your four-legged friends and even your horse out for a stroll.

There’s no end to the possibilities at Anaheim’s newest recreation space.

The now 2.5-mile Anaheim Coves trail stretches along the western bank of the Santa Ana River from Ball Road just east of the Orange (57) Freeway all the way up to Frontera Street, just off Glassell Street and south of the Riverside (91) Freeway.

The icing on the cake of this beautiful path is the play and exploration area, aptly named Explorer’s Cove, we added near the Frontera Street entrance.

Anaheim leaders and community members, along with our partners at Orange County Water District, Orange County Flood Control District, Southern California Edison, Caltrans and the California Natural Resources Agency — who helped provide land and funding to make this project possible — for a grand opening celebration on June 6.

Now, we can’t wait to see all of you enjoying it.

Trail hours are dawn to dusk.

Parking and restrooms are available along the trail at Ball Road and Lincoln Avenue. Additional parking is available along Rio Vista Street between Wagner and Ames avenues.

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We’re less than a month away from the Fourth of July, and that means it’s almost time to stock up on sparklers and smoke balls to celebrate and support your favorite school or nonprofit group.

Eight nonprofits selected by lottery and groups from all eight Anaheim high schools will host 16 booths across the city.  

Fireworks sales will begin at noon on June 28 and go until 9 p.m. on July 4. The 16 community stands will be spread out across the city. Next week we’ll have a map posted online at Anaheim.net/fireworks.

Buying safe and sane fireworks helps raise money for great programs in our community, and setting off sparklers with the kids is a fun way to celebrate America’s birthday.

But remember that fireworks are only legal in Anaheim on July 4 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. So save it for the Fourth!

And illegal fireworks — the professional kind that fly up in the air with a big explosion — are never allowed in our city.

All fireworks, even safe and sane ones, are not allowed east of the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway and south of the Riverside (91) Freeway due to fire concerns.

We will have zero tolerance for those who are caught setting off illegal fireworks.

You could be fined up to $3,000 for using illegal fireworks or for misusing safe and sane fireworks.

You can help do the Fourth right by reporting illegal fireworks use or sales to police at (714) 765-1900.

Find more information at Anaheim.net/fireworks.

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Honor America’s flag and celebrate with the community at the 24th annual Flag Day celebration on Sunday, June 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pearson Park.

There’s something for the whole family at this free event, including music, family activities, giveaways, barbecue, cake and ice cream and more.

The day kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with a special performance by United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Marching Band followed by the traditional Patriotic Parade, which begins at Lemon and Cypress streets, goes up Lemon, across Alberta Street and down Clementine Street to finish on the north side of the park.

There will also be a special recognition for World War II veterans and we’ll honor the winners of the “What the American Flag means to me” essay contest.

Parking and admission to the event are free. Pearson Park is at 401 N. Lemon St.

Find more at Anaheimflagday.com.

SWIM

The kids are almost out of school and we’re looking forward to some warmer weather.

As things heat up this summer, you can cool off with some free water play in Anaheim.

Pearson Park Pool is open for free swim on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer.

Hours are 2:30 to 5 p.m. through June 9 and 1 to 5 p.m. from June 15 to Oct. 6. The pool is also open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

You can also enjoy the splash pads at Miraloma and Ponderosa parks, offering free, fun water activities for the whole family. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the October.

Here’s to an awesome summer!

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Don’t let summer brain hit the kids this year.

Anaheim kids can keep up their reading skills and have some fun while doing it at Anaheim Public Library this summer.

The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “It’s Showtime at Your Library” and we’re offering tons of free educational program sand activities with a performance theme through July 20 at all library branches.

Activities include wildlife shows, magicians, music and more.

New this year, we’ve launched a cool mobile app that will help kids track their reading progress. Just head to Anaheim.readsquared.com to get started. You can create your own reading avatar, earn special badges and unlock fun games.

Participating in the summer reading program could get you raffle prizes, free meal coupons, free books and more.

Find out more at Anaheim.net/summerreading.

GIVE

More than 250 Anaheim employees, friends and family gave their Saturday to help the Anaheim community in the second annual The Big Give day of service on May 11.

This year we spread out at 14 projects across all parts of Anaheim to help seniors, veterans, students, women and many others in need in our community.

Volunteers added beautiful artwork that will bring joy to families playing at Schweitzer Park, kids at Edison Elementary and those transitioning from homelessness at Anaheim Emergency Shelter.

They planted amazing gardens at Paul Revere Elementary and Grandma’s House of Hope recuperative home for women, and put together food packages and care kits for families in need.

We had a big impact.

Check out a photo gallery from the day here. And you can also see a recap video here.

Our employees serve our community every day with the important work they do on behalf of Anaheim. With The Big Give, we truly went above and beyond in our commitment to the city we serve.

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Want to go green? We can help!

Learn more about how you can be more environmentally friendly at Anaheim Public Utilities’ first OC Green Expo in downtown Anaheim on Saturday, June 22.

We’ll be offering test drives and information about several electric car models, such as Nissan and BMW, plus electric car owners on hand to answer your questions.

The fair will also feature a sustainability expo with tons of information, demonstrations, giveaways and fun activities for the whole family. You’ll find helpful tips to help conserve energy, save water and minimize your impact on the environment.

Plus we’ll have contests and raffles with some awesome conservation gear and prizes, including an e-bike, portable electric vehicle charger, smart thermostat and gift cards. Attendees will get a free sport water bottle, while supplies last.

Bring the kids, too. The expo will have a special children’s area featuring games, art projects and more.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy will be there with their Windows to Our Wetlands display, showing kids about our native wetlands habitats. And the Wyland Foundation's Clear Water Mobile Learning Center will be on hand with fun kids activities. 

Come watch the Junior Solar Car Races competition. Cheer on Anaheim students who have built their own solar cars and will be racing them against others at 11 a.m.

Spend the day downtown. The first 75 people to take a test drive at the expo will get a free lunch coupon for Decades Bar and Grill.

There is no cost to attend, and free parking is available in many of the downtown Anaheim lots.

Be sure to preregister online to get your free swag bag and a double raffle entry.

So join us in being more sustainable at the OC Green Expo on Center Street Promenade on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information at Anaheim.net/greenexpo.

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