Excerpted from the Daily Pilot
By Sara Cardine
Costa Mesa’s Lions Park, a once-thriving Westside community hub that suffered from years of neglect, is undergoing a local renaissance as the city completes a series of building projects designed to reinvigorate a neighborhood that has historically lacked crucial amenities.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, city officials celebrated the opening of a brand-new Norma Hertzog Community Center, named after Costa Mesa’s first female councilwoman and mayor, as well as a newly renovated Lions Park playground.
City officials committed $1.78 million to the renovation, with additional assistance from state Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach).