Thursday, May 17, 2012
Krekorian, City Officials and Community Break Ground on New Pocket Park
LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian, with officials from the Department of Water and Power and Recreation and Parks, along with community leaders, broke ground on a new pocket park in North Hollywood Thursday.
The groundbreaking heralded the transformation of a dusty DWP water yard into a new slice of green space that will feature benches, playground equipment, and more at the corner of Fulton Street and Vanowen Avenue in North Hollywood. It is slated to open later this year.
“Generations of children and their families will benefit from the steps we're taking today to transform a dusty yard into what will be a thriving and much needed mini park,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “Through an extraordinary partnership between the city and the neighborhood, we worked together to help realize our collective vision of revitalizing this area as we continue to improve quality of life in the San Fernando Valley.”
"We are excited to be part of this project which will increase park land in the area,” said Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of the Department Recreation and Parks. “Not only will we be adding green space, but continuing with our efforts to improve water conservation through the installment of a smart irrigation system."
"It is no small feat for a new park to be opened in our crowded, land starved city,” said Judy Price, immediate past president of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association. “We currently have only one full park and two mini-parks within our community. Thanks to Councilmember Paul Krekorian's extraordinary efforts, we will now have another park sorely needed by the children living in the area. This is a very happy day for our children."
The entire intersection of Fulton Street and Vanowen Avenue has undergone a stark transformation, revitalizing the region and introducing a stream of developments that have dramatically improved the community. Near the southeast corner, new landscaping, benches and fencing along the Tujunga Wash invite residents to explore urban trails. Across the street, a relatively new “Welcome to Valley Glen” sign and new landscaping greets residents and drivers while county workers continue making a stream of improvements on the northeast corner.
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