Newport Beach once again moves site of proposed Ronald Reagan statue
The winding road in the Newport Beach saga of where to install a privately funded statue of the late Ronald Reagan has taken another turn.
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff said Thursday that the future statue of the 40th president and former California governor would be installed in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, and not in Castaways Park as planned, according to a news release.
The change comes from a new recommendation by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission that Bonita Canyon Sports Park would be a "better fit for good public access to the statue," the release stated.
The park, near MacArthur Boulevard and Bonita Canyon Drive, would also be a better location if the city decided to add more statues.
"Additionally, the location they proposed might accommodate more statues should the city and community want to develop a patriot's walk or similar place of honor for other noteworthy individuals," Kiff said in the release.
-- Britney Barnes and Imran Vittach, Daily Pilot/Times Community News
Photo: Ronald Reagan with John Wayne in Newport Beach. Credit: Los Angeles Times