Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Park dedicated today in county's highest "park-poor" community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT:  Angie Castro, (213) 703-2823





“El Parque Nuestro”, Named by Third Grade Student Opens as Fitness Zone


County Parks Summer Fun Announced at Dedication



FLORENCE-FIRESTONE (June 16, 2010) – Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina

today was joined by local parents and more than 100 elementary school students to dedicate
“El Parque Nuestro”, a new “green” and fitness park opening in the county’s highest “park-poor” community.  

            “With the addition of new private-public partnership housing, it was necessary to build this new park to fill the need for more green and recreation space in this neighborhood.  During the past few years, we have worked hard to transform blighted properties into much-needed housing and community parks,” said Molina. “Today, we are starting off the summer with the dedication of
“El Parque Nuestro” – our park!”

A little less than an acre, “El Parque Nuestro” offers passive recreation and outdoor fitness.  The new “green” park is the first in the County’s park system to use recycled materials for benches and tables, and to include smart irrigation, solar lighting and a porous concrete jogging path. The park is also equipped with drought tolerant plants, play equipment, BBQ pits and fitness equipment. 

Third grade student Natalie Torres received a commendation from Molina for naming the
park – and approximately 100 of her class mates were present to celebrate the dedication.  Torres submitted the winning entry during a contest with Lillian Elementary School students to name the park. 

At the dedication, Molina was also joined by County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney and L.A. County Department of Public Works Director Gail Farber.  In addition, Guiney announced summer programming for parks in Molina’s district.  [See attached list].

Prior to “El Parque Nuestro”, the nearest park in the neighborhood was a mile away.  The
$2.1 million park is funded by Prop 40 and Prop 62.  As part of Molina’s commitment to community beautification, the county has transformed blighted properties in her district into affordable housing and community parks.     

            El Parque Nuestro is located at 1675 Gage Avenue, Los Angeles, 90011.  For more information about park services, contact (213) 738-2963.


Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

Announces Summer Fun in the First District



LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2010) – The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has a summer of fun activities in store for Los Angeles County youth and families.  From day camps and swimming to music performances and movies in the park, Los Angeles County Parks in the First Supervisorial District are getting ready to offer events and activities that will keep youth busy and entertained while school is not in session. 


Youth Summer Camps: will begin between the last week of June and the first week of July.  Day Camps are offered Monday through Friday and hours are generally from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Hours and fees may vary from park to park.  Summer Camps will be offered at the following parks:


Belvedere Park4914 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90022


City Terrace Park1126 North Hazard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90063


Eugene Obregon Park4021 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90063


Ruben Salazar Park3864 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90023


Saybrook Park6250 East Northside Drive Los Angeles, CA 90022


Franklin D. Roosevelt Park7600 Graham Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90001


Amelia Mayberry Park13201 East Meyer Road, Whittier, CA 90605


Sorensen Park – 11419 Rosehedge Drive, Whittier, CA 90606  


Bassett Park510 North Vineland Avenue La Puente, CA 91746


Charter Oak Park20261 E. Covina Boulevard, Covina, CA 91723


Dalton Park18867 Armstead Street, Azusa, CA 91702


Allen J. Martin Park14830 E. Giordano Street La Puente, CA 91744


Pamela Park2236 Goodall Avenue, Duarte, CA 91010


Rimgrove Park747 North Rimgrove Avenue Valinda, CA 91744


San Angelo Park245 S. San Angelo Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746


Sunshine Park515 Deepmead Avenue, La Puente, CA 91744


Valleydale Park5525 North Lark Ellen, Azusa, CA 91702


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