French Park Association: A Santa Ana Original
At a time when redevelopment was seen as a way toward prosperity for Santa
Ana, French Park was the first among 57 neighborhoods to
form an association in 1979, paving the way for all of the other
associations that have followed. Urban pressures on our
community of old houses demanded organized
community response via the Historic French Park Association. Such
demand continues today.
The Association is the neighborhood's representative to the City of
Santa Ana. It serves as an advisory board to the City's Planning
Commission, Planning and Building Agency, Community Development
Agency, and represents neighborhood issues to the City
Association sponsors events for city and neighborhood enrichment.
The park at the neighborhood's core serves as a backdrop for historic
home tours, jazz festivals, and other cultural and arts programs
sponsored by the Association. Several member-run committees inform the
Current committees include Traffic, Architectural Review and Home
While working to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood,
the Historic French Park Association has
embraced many projects that sought a home here over the years. We
house within our borders Emmanuel House, the first newly constructed
AIDS hospice in all of Orange County, and The Villa, a facility for
women recovering from substance abuse. We are proud of our
neighborhood and think you would be hard pressed to find another that
has taken on more humanitarian projects and shown more tolerance
than French Park.
Membership and Meetings
HFPA membership is open to any person over the age of 18 years who
lives, works, or owns property in Historic French Park.
Elected board members and
members-at-large convene monthly to address neighborhood
issues and plan events as set forth in the HFPA bylaws. Board
members are distinguished from
members-at-large by the ability to vote on action items.
HFPA Meeting Schedule: The Association meets on the first Wednesday of the month
when there is business to attend to. Upcoming meetings are announced on the FrenchPark Yahoo Group.
Meetings are open to the public and are held at 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel House, 807 N. Garfield.
Meetings are in the business office conference room, enter through the door on the left of the porch.
Contact Us with questions or comments.