Newport Beach City Manager Update: My NB App, Summer Recreation, City Parks

Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

The City’s Port and Information Technology Department teams have updated Newport Beach’s mobile app, MyNB, to include an interactive map of the Port of Newport. Boaters using the app while on the water can now easily find their own location relative to nearby port amenities such as public restrooms, public docks, fuel docks and pump stations.

To access this feature, download the MyNB app for iPhone or Android and click on the “Newport Harbor” tab. The interactive port map complements other app features such as paying bills, reporting service needs and issues such as repairing graffiti or lampposts, civic center tours (including garden sculptures and native plant areas) and more.

The city has also created a business card-sized promotional piece that will soon be available at public and private facilities in the Newport Harbor area, such as boat rental businesses, to help make the harbor more accessible to residents and visitors.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to download and use the MyNB app for a variety of useful uses.

To visit www.newportbeachca.goc/mynb for more information.

Registration now open for summer recreation

This summer, the city offers hundreds of camps, classes and swimming lessons for children. Adults can enjoy classes such as sailing, pickleball, dance, language, boxing, and yoga. We even offer new courses for your canine friends. This summer there are free family activities, including Movies in the Park and 4th of July events.

You can find out more about the full summer program in the latest edition of our quarterly Newport Navigator leisure guide at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/classes.

Residents will receive the guide directly by mail and copies are available at City Hall, Community Centers, the Main Library Branch and City Hotels.

Public Safety Day Highlights Police, Fire Services

The Newport Beach Police Department hosted the annual Public Safety Day on Sunday, May 15 alongside the Newport Beach Fire Department and Newport Beach Lifeguards.

The event included tours by the police department, activities for children, a food truck, and demonstrations by the police and fire departments. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope you’ll join us in August for the National Night Out event.

Drought Watch: Howald Park Improvements Save 2.3 Million Gallons of Water Annually

The City of Newport Beach prides itself on providing top quality parks and recreation facilities. Each park and playground is carefully designed to meet the needs of our community and reduce environmental impacts wherever possible.

Recent improvements to Grant Howald Park have been made with sustainability and water conservation in mind. The new multipurpose synthetic turf sports field and new water gardens are expected to save 2.3 million gallons of water each year.

City accepting applications for teen leadership program through May 30

The city’s Recreation and Senior Services Department is accepting applications from young leaders ages 13 to 16 for the Teen Leader program. The program gives teens the opportunity to work side-by-side with recreation staff in the Summer Day Camp or Marina Park Sailing & Boating program.

Teen leaders will earn hours of community service by working with city staff and helping young participants on the beach and on excursions during day camp, or helping with sailing lessons and renting stand-up paddle boards , kayaks and sailboats to the public. No sailing experience is necessary.

The application deadline is Monday, May 30. For more information send an e-mail [email protected] or visit https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/youth-teen-programs.

Public Works Goes Summer Beach Mode Part 4: City Parks

While the city’s beaches are getting a lot of attention, crews are also busy at various city parks, where maintenance and repair activities are ongoing.

Crews are restoring and replacing various park facilities that have fallen into disrepair, such as benches, water fountains, picnic tables and barbecue grills.

Park barbecues are cleaned of corroded surfaces before the application of a protective sealant. Additionally, several park renovations have begun at Arroyo Park and L Street Park, where irrigation is being renovated, and grass and plants are being installed.

In several natural cliff areas, City staff and contractors are removing erosion control measures installed to prevent erosion from winter storms, such as sandbags and tarps. In the city’s natural areas, staff and contractors are busy installing native California plants and spreading native wildflower seeds in places like Castaways Park, Sunset Ridge Park, Back Bay View Park and the trail. Groves cycle path, in anticipation of spring and summer growth.

We look forward to another amazing summer season as we work with our community to keep Newport Beach beautiful.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team now operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, 7 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:

  • Transport of two homeless people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Transportation of a minor to the Be Well Campus Adolescent Stabilization Unit for treatment.
  • Transported a person to the Sobering station of the Be Well campus.
  • Completion of 37 local interactions with residents and homeless people.

Residents are encouraged to report unusual and suspicious vessel landings

The City of Newport Beach is aware of recent landings on ocean waterways by small vessels known as “panga” boats, which are often used to smuggle migrants from Mexico to the United States. Such ship landings occur along the entire California coast, including two cases at Newport Beach during the month of May.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency responsible for all illegal immigration enforcement cases. CBP conducts investigations and takes enforcement action along the Orange County coast, including Newport Beach.

The City of Newport Beach encourages residents to notify the Newport Beach Police Department at (949) 644-3717 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency) if they witness suspicious activity or a vessel landing unusual. This information will allow the police department to assess the situation and notify CBP officers if necessary.

Additionally, suspicious vessel landings can be reported directly to CBP by calling (800) BE-ALERT or (800) 232-5378.

Lance B. Holton