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Neon green poles, purple monkey bars and bright blue slides have come to Pearson Park.

What many call Anaheim’s “Central Park,” Pearson Park has been upgraded with the addition of a KaBOOM! playground.

In the course of six hours on a recent Saturday, more than 300 volunteers worked tirelessly to put together equipment, mix concrete and spread mulch.

The result? A beautiful, new playground designed by neighborhood kids.

The park also saw 30 trees and 60 shrubs planted, a fresh coat of paint on light poles and fun new directional signs.

Parks play a big role in our lives.

For many, parks are kids’ front yards where they can play soccer or baseball and let their imaginations run wild.

For others, they are a place to gather with family and friends on the weekends for fun and celebrations.

Whatever the purpose, it’s important to us that we continue to improve our parks for kids today and generations to come.

The build was a collaborative effort with Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Family YMCA and the city of Anaheim.

This is the 10th playground in Anaheim built by KaBOOM! and Disneyland Resort. You can help us break it in by visiting Pearson Park at 400 N. Harbor Blvd. 

Stay tuned for more KaBOOM! playgrounds coming to Anaheim.


Anaheim is searching for a new police chief, and you can take part.

We’re holding meetings to hear what residents would like to see in our next chief.

You can join the conversation at upcoming community meetings, including with our advisory councils to Anaheim’s police chief, the Chief’s Advisory Board and the Chief’s Neighborhood Advisory Council

The Chief’s Advisory Board offers input on issues impacting quality of life in Anaheim, while the 
Chief’s Neighborhood Advisory Council is made up of dedicated residents working with the chief to improve neighborhoods.

Here are all the details:

West Anaheim: Chief’s Neighborhood Advisory Council 
March 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Brookhurst Community Center
2271 W. Crescent Ave.

Central Anaheim: Community Meeting
March 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Anaheim Community Center
250 E. Center St.

East Anaheim: Chief’s Advisory Board
March 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
East Anaheim Community Center
8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road

The next chief will be the 34th in the Anaheim Police Department’s 148-year history.

The police chief oversees a department of 600 employees, including 400 officers and other sworn personnel working to keep our community safe.

We expect to fill the chief position later this year.

If you can’t make one of our community meetings, you can still share your thoughts and comments with our search partner:

Joel Bryden


We're proposing a new program to improve parking throughout Anaheim.

We know street parking is in demand in our city, creating concerns for residents and businesses.

The updated program aims to ensure this resource is equally available to everyone.

Our proposal streamlines the current permit-parking program with new, larger permit-parking districts, a quicker application process and a new system that issues permits based on number of bedrooms.

To support the updated permit-parking program, the city is also proposing new ordinances prohibiting oversized-vehicle and autos for sale from parking on city streets.

We held an initial review of these policies at the City Council meeting on Feb. 27.

You can review the proposed program online and submit comments via an online survey or by emailing

There will be more opportunities for residents and businesses to ask questions and weigh in during a town hall meeting on March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

The City Council is set to vote on the final version of these new parking ordinances on March 27.

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We are at three weeks and counting to apply for Police Review Board, the city’s new, expanded civilian oversight board.

We’ve seen strong initial interest and are looking for more in the next few weeks.

Applicants selected for the board will help us shape the future of community policing in Anaheim.

Police Review Board is set to convene in the spring and build on the work of the preceding Public Safety Board, which launched in 2014 as a two-year pilot program.

The Police Review Board brings expanded civilian oversight with responsibilities including:

  • Real-time notification of and access to the locations of officer-involved shootings
  • Private briefings on major incidents, including access to body-worn camera footage
  • Publishing of statistics on officer-involved shootings, uses of force, complaints and outcomes
  • Receiving community complaints and concerns and referring them to Anaheim’s city manager, Anaheim Police, or our police consultant, OIR Group, for review and response

Board members will be selected by lottery, with one representative from each of Anaheim’s six City Council districts and one selected from the city at large.

Members must reside in the district they are representing, other than the at-large member who can live anywhere in Anaheim. They must also pass a background check and adhere to confidentiality in cases of ongoing investigations.

The board will meet monthly with support from the city manager’s office and OIR Group, Anaheim’s law enforcement consultant since 2007.

You can apply and find out more at


With some of the best eateries in Orange County, Anaheim is foodie central.

And we are working to make it even easier for restaurants to be successful by removing city regulations wherever possible.

We’re in the process of developing a new program called Food City, which would allow restaurants to avoid the costly conditional-use permit process if they want to add outdoor dining or serve alcohol for diners to enjoy along with meals.

With Food City, restaurants would be able to take advantage of a new “express CUP” process that won’t require them to go through a public hearing before the city’s Planning Commission.

The new express CUP also would require just half the deposit amount that a normal conditional-use permit does.

It can be used by existing restaurants to add drinks to the menu or to expand with outdoor dining. For new restaurants, it will make the process of opening even easier.

The proposed restaurant permit process is just one way we’re saving time and money for Anaheim business owners, and improving the foodie experience for residents and those who work and visit here.

It also removes one more layer for entrepreneurs, who are encouraged and welcomed in Anaheim as part of our larger regulatory relief effort to help businesses across the board.

As we continue to grow the Food City initiative in the coming months and years, we will look for even more ways to help restaurants flourish in Anaheim.

The proposed Food City program was approved by the Planning Commission in February and will go before the City Council in the coming weeks.


Your art could be featured on Anaheim water bottles.

We’re looking for talented and creative students to help us inspire the community to conserve water.

It’s all part of our efforts to encourage residents to save water during Water Awareness Month in May.

In this year’s Anaheim Public Utilities student poster contest, we are asking students to create a poster illustrating the theme of “water is life,” which speaks to the importance that water plays in our everyday lives.

Winners will receive a trophy and have the chance to be recognized by Angels Baseball at a pregame ceremony on the field at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. One lucky student will also be featured on Anaheim bottled water bottle labels for the year.

Any Anaheim student in first through 12th grade can participate. This is the first year we’re opening up the contest to high school students.

Deadline to submit is April 6.

Find out more at or call (714) 765-4274.


Some 2,000 Anaheim high schools students are better prepared for college and to be part of Anaheim’s economy as the result of a special mentoring partnership.

Anaheim’s Innovative Mentoring Experience, or AIME, is a four-year-old initiative by the city and the Anaheim Union High School District that pairs students with businesses and other organizations.

Some 2,000 students from 10 schools have benefited from mentoring with businesses including Disneyland Resort, Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo and organizations including the city of Anaheim.

The city of Anaheim has hosted several students in the city manager’s office, at Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim Fire & Rescue and Dad Miller Golf Course.

AIME recently expanded with a partnership that includes the University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, and Fullerton and Cypress colleges.

The partnership pairs Anaheim Union High School District students with academic and counseling support from the community colleges.

As part of the partnership, UC Irvine guarantees admission to high school students who go on to attend Fullerton or Cypress colleges and then meet UCI transfer eligibility requirements.

Many AIME students are the first in their families to attend college. They may come from economically challenged backgrounds, spending much of their time outside school helping their families.

For many, AIME holds the promise of transforming lives.


Don’t miss your chance for free fun, giveaways and more at Anaheim Public Utilities “spring greening” events in your neighborhood.

We’ll host one event in each of the City Council districts:

Don’t miss the event near you:

  • March 7: 4-7 p.m., Home Depot, 800 N. Brookhurst St.
  • March 8: 4-7 p.m., Northgate Market, 2030 E. Lincoln Ave.
  • March 14: 4-7 p.m., Walmart Neighborhood Market, 121 N. Beach Blvd.
  • March 15: 4-7 p.m., Anaheim Hills Festival (near Petco), 
  • 8148 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
  • March 21: 4-7 p.m., Northgate Market, 720 W. La Palma Ave.
  • March 22: 4-7 p.m., Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1120 S. Anaheim Blvd.

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