Griffin Structures served as construction manager for the first two phases of the master plan for historic Hillcrest Park. The first phase of work included a series of stairways connecting lower Lion’s Field to Upper Hillcrest Park. The stair system allows patrons to exercise and provides access between the upper and lower parts of the park. The second phase included the preservation and restoration of the park’s historic features including an iconic fountain and stone work, originally completed in the 1930s under the Work Progress Administration. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hillcrest Park dates back to 1920 when the 38-acre site was purchased by the City.
The $5.4 million renovation also included: widening of the sidewalk that borders the park, creation of a new pedestrian bridge adjacent to Harbor Boulevard highlighting the view across the “Great Lawn,” installation of new lighting and drought-tolerant landscaping, preservation of three historic buildings and several war memorials, and connections to the park’s extensive trail system around the park perimeter and throughout the park.
Permitting agencies for the project included the City of Fullerton, City of Fullerton Historical Society, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, Orange County Public Works, and Orange County Flood Control District.