March 2023

Andy's Updates, brought to you by our city mascot Andy Anaheim, shares news about Anaheim each month.

In this month's issue:

  • Get free compost for your garden
  • Beach Boulevard update: progress at Beach, Lincoln
  • Get to know your library
  • Resource fair and electric vehicle test drives

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Free compost for gardens, yards

Anaheim residents can get high quality compost for gardens, yards and landscaping at a free compost giveaway at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Saturday, March 11.

The giveaway runs from 7 to 10 a.m., or until we run out of compost.

The giveaway takes places near the Big A in the Angel Stadium parking lot. If you go, use the Douglass Road entrance between the stadium and ARTIC.

Residents can get up to 60 gallons of fresh compost for gardens, potted plants or as yard soil or ground cover

Compost is made from plant trimmings and food scraps to create nutrient-rich soil that acts as a natural fertilizer for plants, trees or gardens.

It’s also good for our environment. Compost recycles waste that otherwise would go to landfills and turns it into soil that reduces the need for fertilizers, pesticides and watering in our yards.

The compost giveaway is part of a larger effort to reduce and reuse organic waste.

In coming months, we’ll be sharing details about household recycling of food scraps and other organics in Anaheim as part of a statewide effort to reduce organic waste going to landfills.

At our compost giveaway, you can also buy an Earth Machine Compost bin for $20. The bins allow you to recycle household organic waste and make your own compost.

Here’s everything you need to know for the compost giveaway, brought to you by Anaheim Public Works and our waste collection contractor Republic Services:

  • What: compost giveaway
  • When: Saturday, March 11
  • Time: 7-10 a.m., or while supplies last
  • Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • Location: parking lot near Big A
  • Getting there: enter stadium from Douglass Road off Katella near ARTIC; no access from Orangewood Avenue or State College Boulevard
  • What you’ll need: proof of Anaheim residency with a driver’s license or utility bill
  • Vehicles: pickup trucks and larger vehicles are best but not required
  • Containers: bring sturdy containers capable of holding heavy compost

Beach update: progress at Beach, Lincoln

Long-empty lots at Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue are seeing progress as part of our effort to rebuild Beach.

Some progress is visible, some is behind the scenes. But, rest assured, progress is happening with more to come.

The most visible progress is 65 townhomes nearing completion at the Nolin community along Lincoln at the northeast corner of Beach.

New residents have moved in and completion is expected in coming weeks in the most significant new housing community to come to Beach since 2005's nearby Anacapa community of 102 townhomes.

Nolin brings residents invested in our long-term plan for Beach as a livable, walkable street with new homes, restaurants, businesses and public spaces.

Construction of a long-awaited shopping center at Beach and Lincoln, known as 39 Commons, is expected to start in early 2024.

In coming weeks, we'll see final remediation site work along Beach as dirt is removed and replaced with fresh soil that will be the foundation for restaurants and other businesses along Beach.

The remediation work, set to happen through 2023, is the final step before construction of a shopping center that's expected to include a Sprouts Farmers Market, Lowe’s Home Improvement, In-N-Out Burger, a drive-thru Starbucks and other retailers and services.

Across the street, at southeast Beach and Lincoln, planning is underway for a community of townhomes and affordable apartments. The planning follows state clearance of the project under a California law prioritizing affordable housing and known as the Surplus Land Act.

Planning will play out this year for a community of 59 townhomes for sale, including 10 priced for those at moderate incomes, 47 affordable apartments and a restaurant pavilion.

Construction on the townhouses is expected to start in 2024 with the first phase finishing in early 2026.

We know change can't come fast enough to Beach, but real change is happening as we saw with January's demolition of the troubled Covered Wagon motel and 2022's acquisitions of the Covered Wagon and Anaheim Lodge.

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Get to know Anaheim Library

Did you know, Anaheim has the most library branches of any Orange County city?

It's true! We have seven branches spread across our city, plus a mobile library visiting neighborhoods and a heritage center in the heart of downtown Anaheim.

Wherever you live, there's a library branch near you!

Earlier this week, the Anaheim City Council voted to expand library hours so residents can access them every day of the week! In the months ahead we'll be working through the details and looking to hire additional staff to serve you very soon!

At the library you can check out a book off the shelves or from the digital library, use a computer, learn a new skill, participate in a wide variety of programs for kids and adults and so much more!

Learn what Anaheim Library has for you at or follow on Facebook or Instagram.

Electric vehicle test drives

You can test drive an electric vehicle at the upcoming Beach Boulevard Community Resource Fair and learn about rebates and opportunities from Anaheim Public Utilities.

There will be a handful of vehicles available to test drive and sit in, along with booths from Anaheim Police Department and Community Services.

What would a good resource fair be without free giveaways! Attendees who are also Anaheim Public Utilities customers can get a free dusk to dawn light. Drivers testing out electric vehicles can also get a free $20 gift card, while supplies last.

  • What: Beach Boulevard Community Resource Fair
  • When: Saturday, March 18
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: West Anaheim Youth Center
  • Location: 320 S. Beach Blvd.
  • Activities: test drive or sit in electric vehicles, booths from city departments
  • Booths: Anaheim Police Department, Fun on Wheels, Oak Canyon Nature Center, TreePower

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