Surf City Weekly - May 17, 2024

Honoring National Police Week: In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that date falls as National Police Week. This year, members of the HBPD participated in the California Peace Officers Memorial ceremony held in Sacramento and the Police Unity Tour to honor those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Our thoughts go out to our officers and K9 who made the ultimate sacrifice:

Officer Darst– EOW: 10/13/1928
Officer Prince– EOW: 12/1/1974
Officer Vella– EOW: 02/19/2022
Police Service Dog Kim– EOW: 05/26/1991

We honor and respect law enforcement members who have lost their lives in the line of duty and thank those who continue to wear the uniform, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to ensuring safety in their communities.

Fire Department Academy Graduation:  The Huntington Beach Fire Department held its 2024 Recruit Academy Graduation on Friday, May 10. Family and friends of the academy class were joined by City Council representatives, Fire Chief Scott Haberle, command staff, and the training cadre to honor the four recruit graduates’ successful completion of the 12-week Fire Academy. During the ceremony, the academy class were presented with their official City of Huntington Beach Firefighter badges and proudly took an oath to serve residents and communities entrusted to their care.

Congratulations to the new HBFD Firefighters!

Public Works Open House at Surf City Nights: On Tuesday, May 14, the Public Works Department hosted their Annual Open House in Downtown HB at Surf City Nights. More than 275 visitors stopped by this family-friendly event featuring demonstrations, giveaways, games, exhibitions, and more. Public Works staff were on hand to answer questions and share information about the essential services they provide every day that make Huntington Beach a great place to live, work, and play!

CERT Volunteers Assist Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center with Stranded Pelicans:
On Tuesday, May 7, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers were requested to assist at the Wetland and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County with a large number of ill pelicans. The Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned native wildlife.

CERT volunteers helped transport the Pelicans to the site and assisted the bird expert with their feeding. The cause of the illness has not been identified, but they are malnourished and seemed to be starving. Bringing them to the Care Center in a timely manner helps them to recover and increases their chances of survival.

On Saturday, May 11, CERT members also assisted with a Center fundraiser, helping with event set up, parking control and take down.

Senior Center Receives National Charity League Grant: The Senior Center is honored to receive a National Charity League Grant! On Wednesday, May 8, the National Charity League-Pacific Coast Chapter (NCL-PCC) hosted their annual Grants and Scholarships Awards Ceremony at the Senior Center in Central Park. The Huntington Beach Council on Aging (HBCOA) and the Senior Center in Central Park were one of the awards recipients and were gifted a $1,000 grant to help support volunteer services and programs through the Senior Center. The NCL-PCC is a group of mothers and daughters who strive to build leadership skills, cultural experiences, and teach the importance of community service. Not only does this group provide in person volunteer time to the Senior Center, they also generously put in time to make treats and crafted items that are distributed within various senior programs. We are extremely grateful for this grant and our wonderful partnership with NCL-PCC.

Trinidad Park Receives New Playground: On Monday, May 13, Mayor Gracey Van Der Mark, Community & Library Services Commissioners, City staff and members of the public celebrated the opening of the City’s newest playground at Trinidad Park. Trinidad Park sits on one of five man-made islands in Huntington Harbour and features approximately 225 feet of beautiful waterfront. In 2019, the Community & Library Services Commission and City Council approved a prioritized playground replacement list, which included Trinidad Park. The City worked with Dave Bang Associates to design the new playground, which has modern equipment with a natural aesthetic. The entire playground area is compliant with ADA standards. The rubberized surfacing is all poured in place and the playground equipment has components that can be accessed at the ground level. The Alpine Hut is also at ground level and provides imaginative/passive play for children.