The site is located between Goldenwest and Gothard Streets and 1/4 mile south of Talbert Avenue in the City of Huntington Beach. Physical address of site is 18131 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-1222

Dates of Operation and Closure

    The County operated the refuse disposal station from 1947 through 1962.

Size and Types of Waste

    The approximate 30-acre site was originally an open trench burn site that was converted to a refuse disposal station in 1956. The types of waste materials disposed at the site have been identified as household wastes and construction materials. The wastes range in depth from 10 feet to 40 feet and have been approximated at 848,000 cubic yards.


  • 1947-1956 County operated site as an open burn site.
  • 1956-1962 County operated site as a refuse disposal station for disposal of household wastes and construction materials.
  • 1962 County ceased operations and closed refuse disposal station.
  • 1963 7.4 acre portion of County-owned site used as transfer station.
  • 1963 City acquired 2/3 of site (approximately 22.6 acres) for park use.
  • 1989 A water Solid Waste Assessment Test (SWAT) conducted and report submitted to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).
  • 1996 County installed an additional groundwater monitoring well to comply with RWQCB requirements.
  • 1998 County and City entered into 5-year License Agreement for a City-operated Day Labor Center on approximately 0.4-acre portion of County-owned site.
  • 1999 County installed landfill gas (LFG) control system including gas extraction wells, header, condensate storage tank and thermal oxidizer on County-owned portion of site.
  • 2000 Site included in the Closed Landfill Environmental Assessment and Response (CLEAR) project. Fieldwork completed in fall 2000. A site assessment report completed and submitted to the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA).
  • 2001 City constructed a sports complex north of and adjacent to County site. County obtained Right of Entry Agreement with Burke property, an adjacent parcel south of site for LFG monitoring.
  • 2002 Construction on Burke property destroyed all offsite LFG monitoring probes.
  • 2003 Construction of Burke Development completed. LFG monitoring probes on the Burke property replaced. City circulated Draft Environmental Impact Report for gun range remediation.
  • 2004 Site improvement construction project begun on County-owned portion of site. County and City entered into new 5-year License Agreement for same such City-operated Day Labor Center. License made retroactive to September 2003, and included provisions for automatic one-year renewals beginning 2008. SCAQMD permit for County LFG control system revised to allow atmospheric venting. County’s thermal oxidizer taken offline and LFG system commenced direct venting.
  • 2005 Site improvement construction project completed on County-owned portion of site. Improvements included new LFG blower and vent system.
  • 2007 County prepared and submitted draft Long Term Monitoring and Operational Plan (LYMOP) to LEA.
  • 2009 LEA approved the revised LTMOP for the site. City and County entered into discussions regarding possible purchase by City of remaining County-owned portion of site. A Phase 1 environmental assessment of the site was conducted by a city consultant. City and County discussing a grant of easement to City to allow City access over the site to reach the closed gun range site for City remediation activities.
  • 2010 Discussions with City over potential purchase of the site are on hold due to budgetary constraints at the City. The grant of easement was issued to the City to allow city to make roadway improvements to an interior access road and use of the road to access the gun range site.
  • 2011-2012 Several inquiries were made by potential purchasers of the site and from individuals interested in leasing or developing the site. No offers have been accepted, and discussions continue with proposers. No activity at site.

Current Owner

    City of Huntington Beach owns northwestern 2/3 of site; County owns remaining 1/3 of site.

Current Land Use

    City sports complex; Day Labor Center; County open space; Coastal Sage Scrub habitat area

Environmental Control Measures

    City installed passive LFG venting system in the southwest corner of the library parking area. City installed active LFG collection and control system at the sports complex as it was being built. LFG collection, blower and vent system installed on County’s 1/3 portion of site. County conducts monthly LFG perimeter probe monitoring, semi-annual instantaneous and integrated surface monitoring, and quarterly groundwater monitoring.

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