Memorial Library and Park will celebrate its new look on Monday June 24th with the unveiling of a monument that was rescued from storage, refurbished, and will now grace the Memorial grounds as it once did at the Central Library years ago. The park and library are located on Olympic Blvd just west of Muirfield across the street from LA High School in the Brookside neighborhood.
The long forgotten historic library monument will be revealed to the public for the first time in decades on Monday morning at the Memorial Branch Library on Olympic Boulevard by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and John Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library. The stone monument formerly sat in front of the Los Angeles Central Library at the corner of 5th and Grand, which was constructed in 1926. After the library was renovated from 1988 through 1993, the monument was moved to a city storage yard in Griffith Park. Councilmember Tom LaBonge discovered the neglected monument several months ago, and, with the help of the staff of Los Angeles Public Library and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, it will now stand for all to see at the Memorial Branch Library, which dates from the same era as the Los Angeles Central Library.
“The City of Los Angeles has layers of history like a tree has rings,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “With this monument, I’m excited to peel back a layer for our library system.”
The event, at 9 am on Monday, will be spearheaded by Councilman Tom LaBonge and his staff who have diligently seen to it that Quimby funds, dedicated for park improvements in our area relating to the giant BRE development at La Brea and Wilshire, were secured to upgrade Memorial Park. As many young families already know, the park has a lovely new set of playground equipment set in a spongy rubberized base, and new walkways and plantings.
Harold Henry Park in Windsor Village is also being slated for improvements and the Windsor Village Association has been in discussion with Council District 4 for several months in planning the improvements.