The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) gave its Citizen Recognition Award this month to Margaret “Margy” Hudson in honor of her work with Los Angeles neighborhoods and parks – particularly the overhaul of Robert L Burns Park on the corner of Beverly and Van Ness Ave.
The award was presented to Hudson by Fred Marsical, Chairman of the GWNC’s Outreach Committee, on August 13th at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles.
After her appointment by Tom LaBonge as one of two CD4 representatives to the Proposition K committee, Hudson and her partners raised $100,000 to begin refurbishing Robert Burns Park. With the help of the GWNC, the Windsor Square Association, Paramount Pictures and CD4, more than $300,000 worth of improvements were made with the newest renovations dedicated just last month. Hudson, along with Paramount Studios and the Windsor Square Association, will continue to participate in the ongoing maintenance of this valuable neighborhood resource.
“Only 30% of all Los Angeles residents live within a quarter mile of a park compared with 80% of residents in New York. We are lucky to have Robert Burns Park, in our neighborhood,” Hudson told the Larchmont Buzz. “Over the years this park became neglected and through the vision and efforts of neighbors, it has been refurbished. I thank Council District 4, Recreation and Parks, and the Bureau of Engineering in their role to execute this refurbishment plan despite significant budget cuts and staff reductions. This is a great example of what a community can accomplish together. Working together we can keep this green oasis a refuge.”
Hudson has long given her talent and time to various projects in the greater Hancock Park and Wilshire area. She chaired the “GoHPOZ” campaign and emergency preparedness programs for Windsor Square, served on the GWNC, promotes civics education programs for the children of Los Angeles, and has worked in various capacities with the Getty House Foundation, the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles.