Historic French Park Association: A Santa Ana Original

About HFPA
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 Council.  The 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 association's advocacy.  Current committees include Traffic, Architectural Review and Home Tour.

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.

HFPA Board of Directors, 2013-2014
Debbie McEwen, President
Phil Collins, Secretary
Mark Morrison, Treasurer
Minutes of 2013 Annual Meeting
Most recent HFPA meeting minutes

Archive of past HFPA minutes

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