El Sereno Arroyo Playground! That was the top vote getter during Thursday’s election to decide what to call the new green space now taking shape at the corner of Alhambra Avenue and Lowell Drive. Marking the end of what had been a somewhat contentious and complicated naming process, more than 60 El Sereno residents came out to the 1.3-acre site to cast their ballots despite Thursday’s thunderstorms.
The 1.3-acre green space being built under the direction of the Trust for Public Land is expected to be completed by December, but its name had remained up in the air. Under the lease agreement with Caltrans, which owns the land, the green space cannot be called a “park.”
The most popular entry, El Sereno Arroyo Playground, won with 23 votes, according to a Facebook posting by Scott Burritt, who served as independent election coordinator. In contrast, most of the other contendendors, such as Angels Watching Zone and Jardin De Paz, received less than four votes. Some names, such as “Hamburger,” received none.
The winning name will now be sent to board of the city’s Recreation and Parks Department for final review.