Story Confuses Thurston Parks

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Historic Sarah Thurston Park, also known as Fairywood, is a small neighborhood who’s had a most interesting past. The likes of John Steinbeck, when he was writing “Tortilla Flats,” and Dr. Timothy Leary have walked these lanes. It has been and is the home to numerous artists, writers, poets and musicians and although it has changed through the years it remains much the same. It is one of Laguna’s rare jewels.

We are located off of Laguna Canyon Road between Woodland Drive to the west and Milligan Drive to the north. The neighborhood, which is sheltered in a grove of towering eucalyptus trees,  is composed of three private walking lanes, Victory Walk, Roosevelt Lane, and Fairywood Walk.

Thurston Trailer Court is a completely different animal and has nothing to do with our neighborhood other than the shared word “Thurston”.  There is no connection between them and the Milligan Bridge. Their access is from the frontage road that runs parallel to Laguna Canyon Road and on which Seven degrees, The Sawdust Festival and Boys and Girls Club are located.

I might add that it was only a couple of years ago that Roosevelt Lane was dug up so that a new six-inch water line could be installed as the old four-inch line was not adequate or to code to service the two fire hydrants that are located at the north end of Fairywood and Victory, but if you can’t get a fire engine to them what good are they?


Regumbah Connolly, Laguna Beach

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