Surf City 10 Recap
On Sunday, September 17, the City of Huntington Beach welcomed the annual Surf City 10 race to Pier Plaza and Pacific Coast Highway. Approximately 7,000 runners enjoyed three different race options, a 5K, 10K, or the unique 10 miler, along a scenic course beginning at Main Street and continuing down then looping back on to Pacific Coast Highway. At the finish line, located at 6th Street/PCH, volunteers celebrated the runners, handed out medals, and directed the runners to the finish line festival in Pier Plaza. Vendors and sponsors lined the Plaza, along with the Beach Bar, where finishers were awarded with a complimentary beverage to celebrate the achievement. Many thanks to the organizers of the Surf City 10 event and official sponsors, including Perfect Hydration, Steaz, C20 Coconut Water, Michelob Ultra, Ghost, 5 Points Plaza, and Handel’s Ice Cream.
2nd Annual Great Day in the Stoke
The 2nd annual A Great Day in the Stoke event was held on the southside of the HB Pier on Saturday, September 16. A Great Day in the Stoke invites all BIPOC communities and allies to surf in unity in an exciting competition, recognize and award leaders in the community, and provide free surf lessons. Each year, a large group photo is taken of the contestants and the support teams, which is similar to A Great Day in Harlem and A Great Day in Hip Hop, with last year’s photo gaining significant media exposure. This year’s competition included 6 divisions: women’s longboard and shortboard, men’s longboard and shortboard, and grom boys and girls. One surfer, Julian Williams, surfed in two divisions and brought home the win for both. Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to the event organizers and sponsors for choosing to host this event in Huntington Beach.
Overnight Family Campout
The Community & Library Services Department was excited to welcome 250 participants September 17 – 18 to camp in Central Park at the Family Overnight Campout. Campers enjoyed a relaxing weekend in nature and participated in fun activities including volleyball, corn hole, crafting, bounce houses, bubbles, and topped it off with an engaging story session hosted by the Children’s Library. The Huntington Beach Lions Club generously donated their time and efforts to make breakfast for all of the campers. The weekend was an overall success and we look forward to next year’s campout.
Update on Banning Avenue and Saybrook Lane Street Projects
Construction continues on Banning Avenue between Magnolia and Brookhurst Streets. Necessary tree removals have taken place and water service connections are in place to provide irrigation for future landscaped median installations. Concrete repair, removal, and replacement at curbs, gutters, and sidewalks continues for the next 4-6 weeks. Paving will take place after all other improvements are accomplished. Weather permitting, the anticipated completion date for the project is late November to early December.
Construction continues on Saybrook Lane between Heil and Edinger Avenues. The project scope includes limited hardscape improvements to curbs, gutters, and sidewalks to improve accessibility and drainage, as well as parkway tree removals and replacements. New King Palm trees have been planted and hardscape improvements continue. Paving will take place after all other improvements are accomplished. Weather permitting, the anticipated completion date for the project is late October to early November.
CERT Disaster Preparedness Classes
On September 15-17, 2023, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) held its bi-annual training class. There were 52 people in attendance and during the 20-hour training and they were instructed on disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, first aid, fire suppression, leveraging and cribbing and other skills that are essential in the event of a major earthquake or other disaster.
CERT classes are held in the spring and fall of each year. The 2024 classes are scheduled for April 12-14 and September 13-15. To register, please visit the City’s website.
Popsicles with the Police – Tuesday, September 26
Join the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) on Tuesday, September 26th at Surf City Nights Certified Farmers Market and Street Fair, hosted by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District for Popsicles with the Police.
Officers from the HBPD will be in HB Downtown from 5pm-7pm (or until supplies last), handing out popsicles in a meet and greet just for you! Special thank you to Baja Sharkeez, Sandbar, and Killarney’s for providing the cool treats.
Sea you at the fountain at 200 Main Street.