Fullerton Chamber of Commerce President Theresa Harvey has signed the ballot arguments in support of Measure W, the November ballot referendum that will create Fullerton’s largest natural park, create 2,000 new local jobs and provide $30 million to improve schools, traffic flow, libraries, parks and fire protection – at no additional cost to tax payers.
A Yes vote on Measure W will approve an agreement that permanently preserves a majority of privately-owned West Coyote Hills property as natural open space for the public. It will also require the property owner (Pacific Coast Homes) to find habitat restoration and long-term maintenance at the adjacent Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve. The combined park – nearly three times larger than Craig Park – will offer the public 10 miles of new hiking and biking trails, and vista points with sweeping views from Fullerton’s highest elevations.
“This property has been closed to the public for too many years,” explained Harvey. “Approval of this plan opens to the public a treasure that has never been opened due to lack of city funds. With the approval of this agreement, we will finally have private funding to restore the land and offer a Nature Learning Center that can be used for school field trips and family outings.”
“The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce has long supported the opportunity for development of this property. The current plan will preserve 89% more land as natural open space than originally proposed. The extensive community input and environmental review has resulted in an agreement that’s a win-win for Fullerton with substantial funding to improve traffic flow, local schools and libraries, fire protection and other vital services. A broad-based coalition of nature lovers, educators, business leaders and tax payers throughout Fullerton have now joined in support of bringing these benefits to our community as quickly as possible.”
For more information about Measure W, please contact the Chamber or go to www.voteyesonw.com