WELCOME TO WEST GARDEN GROVE!
West Garden Grove is a community encompassing the western portions of the city of Garden Grove in Orange County, California. It is bordered to the north by Cypress, to the west by Los Alamitos and Seal Beach, to the south by Westminster, and to the east by Stanton, and connected to the rest of Garden Grove by a narrow strip along Garden Grove Boulevard. It includes the entire 92845 ZIP Code, which is designated as the areas west of Knott Avenue to the Seal Beach and Los Alamitos city borders, and the industrial area east of Knott Avenue to the Stanton border.
More affluent than the rest of Garden Grove, the West sector has a median income $25,000 greater than the main body of the city. Low crime, a lower poverty rate, and a lower population density as compared to the rest of Garden Grove, Western residents have jokingly named their community, “The Mild West”. Adjacent to neighboring communities that provide commerce and business opportunities galore, West Garden Grove is an ideal suburb with a lovely aesthetic and temperament. It’s no wonder the city’s motto is “The City Of Youth and Ambition”.
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West Garden Grove is full of lush parks and recreation. A few more prominent landmarks include the Crystal Cathedral,the home base for the international Crystal Cathedral Ministries. The Grove Theater Center, Home to the Gem Theater, a 178-seat theater, and the Festival Amphitheater, a 550-seat facility. Owned by the City of Garden Grove and managed by the Grove Theater Center, the complex offers year-round plays, including world-premieres, classics, and participatory events like “Mystery Tuesdays” and “Comedy Mondays.”
Strawberry Festival – Memorial Day Weekend
The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Festival features a parade, carnival, crafts fair and food.
Euclid St & Main St
Garden Grove, CA
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The city of Garden Grove is situated between Katella Ave and Edinger Ave, and from the 5 freeway all the way to where the 405 and 22 freeways intersect. [/expand]
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West Garden Grove is served under the Garden Grove Unified School District, and has 8 schools located within its boundaries; 5 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, and 1 high school. There are no colleges or universities within the community limits, nor are there any special education schools.
- Edgar School, now used as a GGUSD meeting center
- Loyal Barker Elementary School
- Garden Park School
- Enders Elementary School
- Patton Elementary School
- Hettinga Elementary School, now used for adult education
- Hilton D. Bell Intermediate School
- Chapman Junior High School (now used for adult education)
- Pacifica High School
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The following medical facilities are known to be the best in Garden Grove and surrounding areas:
Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center
1260 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, 92643
Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center
17100 Euclid Ave., Fountain Valley, 92708
Anaheim Memorial Medical Center
1111 W. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, 92801
Anaheim General Hospital
3350 West Ball Rd. Anaheim, 92804
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West Garden Grove is full of lush parks and recreation. A few more prominent landmarks include:
The Crystal Cathedral is the home base for the international Crystal Cathedral Ministries, including a congregation of over 10,000 members and the internationally televised “Hour of Power.”
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, California 92840
The Grove Theater Center
Home to the Gem Theater, a 178-seat theater, and the Festival Amphitheater, a 550-seat facility. Owned by the City of Garden Grove and managed by the Grove Theater Center, the complex offers year-round plays, including world-premieres, classics, and participatory events like “Mystery Tuesdays” and “Comedy Mondays.”
12852 Main Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840
For tickets or information, call (714) 741-9550
Stanley Ranch Museum
A two-acre park to which several of Garden Grove’s oldest homes and commercial buildings have been relocated. The Ware-Stanley House, built in 1892, is the focus home at the museum. Also included at the site are homes dating from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Garden Grove’s first post office, opened in 1877, the Electric Shoe Shop/Barber Shop, and Garden Grove’s #1 fire engine, a 1926 American La France are part of the exhibits.
For hours and tour information, call (714) 530-8871.
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The past has been backed into a corner in Garden Grove, but it hasn’t quite disappeared. It exists in an old farmhouse on Euclid Street. Stand in the backyard, and you’re effectively transported back in time about 100 years.
The Garden Grove Historical Society intended it that way. The place is called the Stanley House, after one of its original owners, and it serves as the city’s only museum. Though built in 1893, the house represents what Garden Grove was throughout the latter half of the 19th century: a farming community.
Next door to the Stanley House is a strawberry patch, one of the few left in a city once known for its berry fields. Today the city is a bedroom community with a healthy share of thriving businesses.
The stresses and strains of growth have taken their toll. “Garden Grove,” a name possibly suggested by Mormons who had passed through Garden Grove, Iowa, was an appropriate one for the budding settlement of the 1870s, when it might indeed have resembled a big garden, with its fields of grapes, apricots and peaches.
But in the late 20th century, with its freeway and urban problems, including pockets of run-down dwellings, the name to some is an anachronism. Recent partnering with local corporations has helped to focus attention the city’s redevelopment. This ‘Renaissance Garden Grove Program’ will see an increase in both homes and hotel rooms to the city.
Garden Grove has been a “capital of” from the early days until the city was incorporated in 1956; the chili-pepper capital of the world in the early 1920s, the poultry capital of the world a little later, the egg capital of the world not long after that, and the strawberry capital of the world in the late ’50s. The last is what gave Garden Grove the Strawberry Festival, a parade and carnival held every Memorial Day weekend.
The city has other claims to fame. A man named R.Q. Wickham was renting a home in Garden Grove in 1888 when he launched a political movement that would lead to the formation of Orange County.
Wickam heard that his neighbors wanted to make a new county out of the southern portion of Los Angeles County. Wickam, who was experienced in politics, drew up petitions for a county charter to get the ball rolling.