Friday morning, May 24th, Costa Mesa city leaders officially opened the new Donald Dungan Library at Lions Park. This culminates Phase 1 of a $36.5 million public works project that broke ground in June of 2017.
“Libraries provide for more than just free books,” Mayor Katrina Foley said during the opening ceremonies. “Libraries serve as valuable public institutions that protect the foundation of a civil society. A library is also an investment in the social infrastructure of our community. Investing in the Lions Park Projects and Donald Dungan library is an investment in the physical space that impacts the way people interact.”
The 23,650 square foot library was designed by Johnson Favaro, an architectural firm based in Southern California and was managed by Costa Mesa Public Services Department and the Tovey/Shultz construction firm.
Assistant City Manager Tammy Letourneau has served as the project manager for the library for the past five years.
“To be able to open the doors to the public here for the first time is an honor I will hold dear for the rest of my life,” she said. She also pointed out that the library was built on time and on budget.
The LEED Gold building features a main collection with a number of sitting and reading areas throughout. Two room shas advanced audio visual presentation capabilities and there is an interactive children’s play area. Phase 1 also include an acre parkwith 25,000 square feet of grassy area.
The original Donald Dungan Library was built in 1986. The facility is owned by the city and library services are provided by Orange County Public Libraries.
Phase 2 will include a neighborhood Community Center and significant improvements to the playground area.