The public eating space at Robert Burns Park on Van Ness Avenue at Beverly Boulevard is being transformed. The Bureau of Engineering of the City of Los Angeles is working on replacing the wood pergola that covered the eating area at the northern end of the park with a steel structure that is both functional and aesthetically in keeping with the neighborhood. The project is being paid for with Proposition K Funds*.
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering workers have already completed the demolition part of the construction. Knocking down the old structure came after a large amount of pre-construction work – led by the Department of Recreation and Parks. This included design time, planning, review and community outreach – including consultation by representatives from our community who made sure the final plan reflects the tenants of the Windsor Square HPOZ.
The scope of work for the project features a solid metal structure with a standing seam metal roof in two tiers that allows for ventilation. The roof will be green with warm gray accents – reminiscent of craftsman architecture that is common in the neighborhod. The new structure will provide full coverage of the eating area – including protection from the sun, rain and pine needles. The project is budgeted for $150,000 and will include concrete repair in other areas of the park if funds permit.
*The passage of Prop K by the City of Los Angeles voters in 1996 created a citywide assessment district which generates twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) each year in funds for the acquisition, improvement, construction, and maintenance of City parks, recreation facilities, and other projects through an annual real property tax assessment on City residents over a 30-year period. Funding is for capitol improvements and maintenance.