An article this week by Voice of OC gave an incorrect impression that Costa Mesa is planning to cut back on certain park and sidewalk projects in order to cover increased spending on street improvements.

The story incorrectly stated that $1.3 million in planned improvements to Lions Park was reduced to $60,000 to free up money for street, alley and drainage upgrades. In fact, city leaders explain that the reduction was because of a loss of redevelopment funds. The $60,000 is scheduled to fund the development of design plans for the project.

The article also said that sidewalk repairs next year were cut from $510,000 to $100,000 due to increased road, alley and drainage spending. In fact, the larger figure is intended to be spent over the next five years. Total spending on sidewalk and curb improvements is slated to increase 25 percent over the current year.

Additionally, the story incorrectly stated that staff-proposed cuts to spending on the Fairview Park connector trail were because of additional upgrades to roads, alleys and drainage. The potential cuts were actually based on the possibility of getting a grant, the city explains.

Voice of OC regrets the errors and has removed the article.

— NICK GERDA

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