By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach
July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by enjoying one or more of your Newport Beach parks, beaches and recreation facilities.
With 65 parks across the city, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors by visiting one of our parks. Click here for a complete directory of all parks and recreation facilities in the city: https://nbgis.newportbeachca.gov/gispub/Dashboards/RecreationFacilitiesDash.htm.
Did you know you can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Marina Park, or take boating and sailing lessons? Visit the Marina Park Sailing Office to rent gear at https://newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/marina-park/marina-park-sail-kayak-sup or call 949-270 -8160.
This is the perfect time for a relaxing hike or bike ride along a city trail. Visit the Arroyo Trail for a short half mile walk (one way) or the more challenging 3.41 mile Buck Gully Trail. Visit this page for a directory of all walking and biking trails in the city: https://newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/bike-walking-trails.
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The City offers over 400 camps and classes, with activities for all age groups. And for older adults, the OASIS Senior Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/senior-services-oasis-senior -center.
Thank you to our residents for your continued support of the City’s recreation programs (a record 4,133 participants joined the first six weeks of 2022 summer camps) and to the recreation and seniors services staff for your dedicated service to our community.
City launches new virtual permit portal
The city has launched a new online platform called Newport Beach City Virtual Connect, or CiViC, to provide the public with an easy and convenient portal to acquire, pay, check project status and schedule inspections for basic permits. (on sale). .
The system replaces a 30-year-old permit application in an effort to set the stage for the future of online services. Permits currently available online include residential mechanics, plumbing, re-roofing, window/door replacement, and electrical permits that do not require plans.
Other services allow residents and entrepreneurs to apply for planning permission applications, residential construction reports, and recreational special event permits. The next phase of the implementation of the CiViC platform will facilitate the full electronic review of building plans, eliminating the need to submit paper plans to the Permit Center. We are excited about the future services and ease of use the platform will bring to our community. The CiViC site can be accessed at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/civic.
CR&R now charges for additional waste and recycling carts
Beginning in mid-July, some Newport Beach residents began receiving the first quarterly bill from CR&R, the city’s waste contractor, for additional trash cans and recycling carts beyond those allocated in the part of the expanded recycling program.
The expanded recycling program was implemented in January to help meet state mandates related to organic waste recycling. Under the expanded program, residential households are allocated a fixed amount of solid waste collection free of charge in a combination of black garbage carts, blue recycling carts and green organics carts.
Effective July 1, additional fees are charged for additional carts, at the rate of $6.09 per month for black garbage carts, $3.41 per month for blue recycling carts, and $4.11 per month for a green organic materials recycling cart. The first quarterly invoices were posted on July 11.
If you would like to return additional carts or request additional carts, please contact CR&R Customer Service at 949-667-4158 or via email at [email protected] You can manage all of your waste and recycling services through an online account at https://oss.crrinc.com.
Tickets on sale for Country Rock Band at the July 29 OASIS concert
The OASIS Senior Center will host an outdoor “Concert In The Courtyard” on Friday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. Local country rock band SugarLips will perform. Bring your own picnic and low beach chair. Tickets are $10 each.
To purchase tickets, call (949) 644-3244 or visit the OASIS administrative office. For future OASIS events, please visit our website at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/senior-services-oasis-senior-center.
Registration for after-school programming opens July 28 at 8 a.m.
The new school year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about extracurricular activities. The city staff-run program, Active Kids, offers after-school programs at three locations; Youth Community Center, Mariners Vincent Jorgenson Community Hall and Newport Elementary School.
Due to its popularity, registration opens earlier than other fall courses; Thursday, July 28 at 8 a.m. Space is limited and historically this program fills up in minutes on the first day of registration. To attend and prepare for this highly anticipated morning, be sure to visit our Registration Tips and Waiting List page: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/64462/637908230951030000.
Registration for all other fall programs will open Thursday, August 11. Click here for more information on recreation and senior services programs: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services.
Annual memberships available for ages 50 and over at the OASIS Fitness Center
The OASIS Senior Center features a state-of-the-art fitness center designed to meet the health and wellness needs of seniors.
The fitness center is open seven days a week and offers a full range of weight and cardio equipment, free weights, resistance bands, and yoga mats.
Annual membership is available to those 50 and older for $137 for Newport Beach residents and $192 for non-residents. Member registration and orientation is by appointment only and can be done by calling (949) 718-1818. For more information, please visit the Fitness Center website: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/senior-services-oasis-senior-center/fitness- center.
Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update
The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and paramedics and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.
This week the Be Well team:
- Transported one person to Be Well sobering up station for treatment.
- Carried three people to the shelter of the Costa Mesa bridge.
- Transported a person to the emergency room for treatment.
- Transported 10 people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.
The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city staff, contractors, partner agencies and nonprofit groups.
This week, the City’s Homelessness Awareness and Response Teams:
- Enrolls a woman fleeing domestic violence in a transition house, which provides counseling and mental health services.
- Assessments conducted with three homeless people to determine disabling conditions.
- Enrolls a couple in services and completes a housing assessment.
- Continue to shelter people. Eighteen people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
To donate to homeless people in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving program webpage at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.
Click here to view the latest homelessness dashboard, which includes key monthly and annual data on the city’s response to homelessness: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/ homelessness/monthly-homeless-count.