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Norma Brandel Gibbs Park Sims Grove

Norma Brandel Gibbs Park was once called Sims Grove. Dedicated to the first settlers who established homes and farms on the Bolsa, including prominent people in Orange County political and agricultural life such as Grahams, Heils, Kettlers, Slaters and Moores, this shaded park is popular for the luncheon crowd passing by on Graham Street. Those who it was dedicated to raised lima beans on the fields around the grove and served the county as legislators and agri-businessmen. The grove was planted by Charles Graham, an original settler around the turn of the century (20th), because he needed wood for building. When the wood proved unusable for construction, he used it for firewood. Since that time, generations of children have grown up playing here, the last rural spot in a maturing city.

Norma Brandel Gibbs Huntington Beach City Council 1970-1978
Mayor 1975-1976

A political pioneer, Norma Brandel Gibbs served Huntington Beach as its first woman Councilmember and Mayor. She is a dynamic and visionary leader who contributes unselfishly to improving the quality of life for all living beings. Her deep commitment to helping individuals and communities realize their potential is evident in her career as a professor and in her community work.

Her legacy include impacting the lives of thousand of students, the development of Huntington Central Park and neighborhood parks, bicycle paths, beach and wetlands preservation, and the Sister City program. She was also instrumental in the development of the Huntington Beach Library and Cultural Center, and the found of Interval House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Norma Brandel Gibbs' love of life permeates her love of teaching and the raising of her four children. It is fitting that this park, home to butterflies and people of all ages, is dedicated to this warm, inspiring leader who holds as her motto:

You can fly
But that cocoon has to go.
 

Art in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Art Center is a publicc/private partnership between the City of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation, a private non-profit foundation. Housed in a former GTE office building in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach, the 11,000 square foot HB Art Center has three galleries, a multipurpose room, commercial kitchen, studio and store. 

Regularly featured art exhibits, summer art camp, jazz concerts, several fund raising events and rental space make this attraction ideal for small functions or for art viewing. Admission to exhibits is free currently.  538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California.   Call: 714-374-1650 

Other art around town includes:
-Civic Center Sculpture
-Duke Kahanamoku statue in front of Huntington Surf and Sport
-Gallery at Central Library on 7111 Talbert Ave. exhibits change monthly
-Sculptures at Central Library
-Ultimate Challenge by Edmond Shumpert

 

 

 

 


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