Regarding the article "Festival's façade redesign in the works," [Nov. 19, Coastline Pilot] I hope new signage will include "Irvine Bowl Park." The Festival of Arts grounds uses the city of Laguna Beach's Irvine Bowl Park, and the park should be properly identified.
While most people do not realize that it actually is a public park, ironically, the Irvine Bowl Park is the largest municipal park in the city of Laguna Beach. If you stop by on most any day, you will likely find the area where exhibitors stalls used during the summer are deserted and unused.
From "History Of Laguna Canyon" written by Laguna Beach Historical Society President Emeritus Belinda Blacketer in May 2001:
"The site of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters was to be a community park, which was chosen in 1938. In April 1940, the citizen's of Laguna Beach passed a 'Park, Music and Advertising Tax' of 10 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation to purchase and develop the Irvine property.