Thursday, December 02, 2010

Orange County flag and a Tustin blimp hangar

Chris Epting has an article about the creation of Orange County's flag in today's Huntington Beach Independent. I blogged a bit on this subject last year, but Chris actually went out and tracked down the flag's designer for an interview.
The photo above shows O.C. Supervisor Alton Allen (wearing a tie and glasses) with a county flag that would soon be taken to the 1969 Boy Scout Jamboree. Note the decorative carousel horses at the South Coast Plaza parking lot in the background.
There's good news for the historic North Blimp Hangar at the old MCAS Tustin. According to O.C. Supervisor Bill Campbell,...

"The Board [of Supervisors] directed OC Parks to prepare a concept plan to establish a regional park at the former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin and to preserve the North Blimp Hangar. In conjunction with the concept plan, a number of analyses will be completed, including:

  • A re-evaluation of the requirements necessary for the public to access the hangar and the costs to satisfy those requirements.
  • A recreation demand and market evaluation of potential uses for the park, including the hangar.
  • An assessment of the costs to develop park uses adjacent to the hangar.
  • Exploration of the financing options available to OC Parks and the County to develop, operate, and maintain the regional park.
"The concept plan and supporting analyses are expected to be completed within a year. Board direction will then be sought to proceed with more detailed planning, design, and financing work and the preparation of a Program of Utilization for submittal to the National Park Service." (My thanks to the Heritage Coordinating Council for passing this news along.)


giddy girlie said...

I actually have no stake in the hangars at all, but I adore them and hope that they can both be saved.

Roy Bauer said...

I'm sure the photograph depicts Supervisor Allen at the annual "Scout-o-Rama," held at the OC fair grounds. I'm not sure they still hold that event, but they certainly did when I was a Scout. --Roy Bauer (Dissent the Blog)