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GWNC Votes to Support Larchmont Playground Pilot Project

The GWNC voted at their July 10 meeting to support the Larchmont Playground Pilot Project.

The Board of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council voted at their July 10, 2019 meeting to support the Windsor Square Association’s Larchmont Playground Pilot Project and send a letter documenting that support to Council District 4 Councilmember David Ryu and the Department of Recreation and Parks. In the approved letter, the GWNC agreed with the Windsor Square Association’s comments and suggestions on the design and request that design details be worked out among the Department of Recreation and Parks, representative of the Windsor Square Association and the Larchmont Boulevard Association.

Some of the suggestions include placement of the playground enclosure so it aligns more precisely with the adjacent store front, the height of the wall surrounding the playground appears to be too low and the fence above the wall could be made of wrought iron pickets which are less scalable than what is proposed in the drawing. Residents are also asking the city to reconsider use of K-Rail, which was shown in earlier designs, because it’s cheaper and maybe more cost effective since the playground is a pilot project.

“Benches should be utilitarian so they may be unbolted from the ground and reused later, should the community grow to love the idea of expanding the playground pilot into an actual, larger-area “park” on Larchmont,” wrote Caroline Labiner on behalf of the Windsor Square Association in her letter. “This is a playground for children, not a seating place for unaccompanied adults to eat their purchases from nearby vendors. All renderings should remove the images of adults unaccompanied by children inside the playground boundaries.”

In other business, the GWNC called for more alternates to serve on the board. The following Alternate Board Member Positions are eligible for nominations. Interested residents should contact the GWNC for more information at [email protected] or (323) 539-GWNC (4962).

Area 1 – Brookside
Area 2 – Citrus Square
Area 3 – Country Club Heights
Area 8 – Melrose
Area 9 – Oakwood/Maplewood/St. Andrews
Area 12 – Western-Wilton
Area 15 – Windsor Village

GWNC Committee Updates

The GWNC Outreach Committee asked for nominates of individuals for their Citizen Recognition Award which recognizes community members for their service, dedication and/or commitment to enhancing and/or improving the Greater Wilshire neighborhood. Committee accepts nominations year-round.  The next GWNC Outreach Committee Meeting will be on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 9am, at Bricks and Scones Café, 403 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90005

The next GWNC Transportation Committee Meeting will be on Monday, July 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m., at Marlborough School, 250 S. Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004. Parking (cars, bikes) available via 3rd Street Driveway, Rideshare drop-off on Rossmore Driveway.

The GWNC Sustainability Committee reported on the third water-wise Garden Tour conducted last month. The board approved the committee’s motion that the The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council to launch a pilot biodiversity project with the Los Angeles Sanitation (LASAN) Department for the Greater Wilshire area to catalogue the area’s biodiversity with the help of community members. A second motion the committee proposed to support a City Council’s motion regarding a research partnership for LADWP to study investments needed to reach 100% renewable electricity as set forth in Council File No. 16-0243 was tabled.

The next meeting of the GWNC Environmental & Sustainability Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Marlborough School, Large Conference Room – Munger Hall, 250 South Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Please enter via 3rd Street Driveway. Security will direct to parking.

In light of the recent earthquakes, the GWNC board announced plans to discuss forming a standing committee to address preparedness at the next board meeting. Recently the Mayor’s office announced a new program to encourage neighborhood councils to get neighborhoods ready for the next earthquake. Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN) challenges each neighborhood council to name a Preparedness Officer to serve as a liaison with the City’s Emergency Management Department (EMD). After being trained by EMD, these Preparedness Officers will facilitate workshops in their area and develop RYLAN plans.

The next GWNC Board Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005.



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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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