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Gibbs Park in Summerlane was once Meadowlark Airport. Connecting to Gibbs Butterfly Park, it provides a place to romp in fields and on the playground equipment, hold a family picnic or go for an afternoon stroll.

Gibbs Park

Gibbs Park is located in Summerlane residential community in Huntington Beach on Plaza Lane near Chadwick Drive. The park includes lush, green fields, a cement patio with 6 picnic tables for barbecues and parties (no grills), a playground with slides and a jungle gym for kids with the newer cushioned safety flooring park benches to sit and relax. Across the field and entry to the park is a connecting entryway to the Norma Brandell Gibbs Butterfly Park which includes eucalyptus groves and a butterfly mural.

A plaque in the park commemorates a special Huntington Beach person, Dick Yukio Nerio. Dick Nerio and the Nerio family owned the land prior to the development of the Summerlane community and the Gibbs Park extension. From 1947 to 1989 the Nerio family operated the Meadowlark Airport and a farming operation on the park site. As the land transitioned to its current use, the Nerio family was instrumental in the development of the park.

Dick Nerio was beloved in the community as a family man, a Rotary International member, Orange County Japanese American Association and South Coast Orchid Society. He was love and respected by all. A commemorative plaque to Dick Nerio which stands at the foot of a tree in Gibbs Park was donated by Rotary International Huntington Beach and Catellus Residential Group on January 21, 2001.

Gibbs Park features free curbside parallel parking for cars. The park does not have restroom facilities.

Huntington Beach Parks

The City of Huntington Beach (California) is the caretaker and steward of the Huntington Beach public park system. Two departments involved with Huntington Beach parks are the Community Services Department and Park Maintenance. Park Maintenance is responsible for maintaining approximately 70 parks and public facilities, totaling 598 acres, 169 playground apparatus and irrigation systems. 

Park Maintenance is also an integral component in special events in the City, closely working with Community Services to set up for events and activities that take place on or near park facilities. Community Services not only handles the rental of the park facilities but also operates programs for the public that include softball leagues, exercise classes, cooking, dancing and other types of interesting and fun things to do. For more information on park maintenance call (714) 536-5480.  For information on park facilities or to make a reservation call Community Services at (714) 536-5486 or the phone numbers provided on the featured parks pages.