The Willowick site is located at 3017 W. 5th Street in the City of Santa Ana adjacent to the Santa Ana River. Owned by the City of Garden Grove, the site is comprised of 16 separate parcels totaling approximately 100 acres. The property is currently developed as an 18-hole golf course which has been in operation since 1928. The site is adjacent to the Santa Ana River on the east, and the Pacific Electric (PE) Right-of-Way on the north, and abuts Garden Grove’s Buena Clinton neighborhood, a multi-family residential neighborhood with multiple two-story apartment buildings and the Willowick Royal Mobile Home Park. To the east across the Santa Ana River, is Spurgeon Intermediate School and Spurgeon Park. Directly to the south, is Cesar Chavez Campesino Park.
The site was acquired by the City of Garden Grove in 1955. Since then, the City has leased the site to a private company to run the 18-hole golf course. The current lease term commenced in 2001, with an expected ending date December 2020. With the end of the lease approaching, the Cities of Garden Grove and Santa Ana have expressed the desire to discuss disposition and/or development possibilities of the site.
The site has an O (Open Space Land) zoning designation, which allows open air recreational uses, government buildings, quasi-public and service facilities, and other uses whose purpose is to provide open space. The property also has an O-S (Open Space) General Plan Land Use designation, which allows compatible uses, such as park land, golf courses, and other similar opportunities for active and passive open space. The site is surrounded by R1 (Single-Family Residence), R2 (Two-Family Residential), and P (Professional) zoned properties to the south across West 5th Street. The City of Santa Ana is currently updating their General Plan.