Fairview Park

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 The birth of the modern environmental movement and anniversary of Earth Day is April 22, 1970. Although mainstream America at that time, remained mostly oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by a few key events. The publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring was in 1962; locally in 1969 the City of Santa Barbara experienced a huge oil platform blow out that drew attention to the environmental impacts; and in January of 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted. 
On Earth Day 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. By 1990 Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To learn more visit: www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/

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Fairview Park is the City’s largest park, hosting 195 acres of open space – natural area, and 13 acres of manicured landscape for a total of 208 acres. Within the 195 acres of open space there are two Nationally Registered Cultural Resource Historic Sites and five distinct habitat ecosystems which are home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species. The Park acts as a regional gateway to the Santa Ana River Trail, the Orange Coast River Park, and adjacent Orange County Talbert Regional Park, offering users multiple passive recreational opportunities such as picnicking, kite flying, wildlife observation, environmental education, and 7 miles of trails for walking or bicycling. The Park also hosts a miniature railroad and model airplane flying field both run by partnering non-profits, and hosts a number of City-wide special events throughout the year.

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