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Parks Assessment — It’s Not Too Late to Chime In

Parks Assessment Study Area
Parks Assessment Study Area

Last week Los Angeles County, in concert with the City of Los Angeles, presented its comprehensive parks assessment to a small audience at the Pan Pacific Auditorium. The assessment reviewed the condition of all the local parks in our greater neighborhood and suggested construction of four possible new parks should funds become available.

The assessment marks the first time county and city park staff have collaborated to review all the parks in the county, which was broken down into 189 study areas.  The study is due to be completed by May 2016. Our neighborhood is located in the City of LA – Wilshire West study area and the parks reviewed include: the Eleanor Green Roberts Aquatic Center, Pan Pacific Park, Harold Henry Park, Robert L. Burns Park, Robertson Recreation Center ( where a $7 million project is in the design phase to replace the entire facility), Queen Anne Park, LACES, Hancock Park, and LA High Memorial Park.

After the short presentation, members of the audience at last week’s meeting were asked to help prioritize repairs, additions and possible new construction of parks by “voting” with ten blue dots they were given at the start of the meeting. New parks were suggested in the following areas identified as “Very High Need”: West of South La Cienega near West Pico Blvd; east of Fairfax Avenue near Hauser Blvd; north of West Wilshire Blvd. between S. Fairfax Avenue and North La Brea Avenue and west of North San Vicente Blvd near Burton Way.

If you couldn’t make it to last week’s meeting but are passionate about parks, you can still express you views by taking the county’s survey, or you can contact Supervisor Shelia Kuehl’s office,  where you can grade your park by completing an online survey.

Click the following link to view the full park assessment toolkit.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the 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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