It took about 30 years to negotiate a deal and raise the money to transform a piece of unused Caltrans property into El Sereno parkland. But apparently coming up with a name for this new space has also proven challenging. Later today, El Sereno residents will get their last chance to vote on names for the 1.3-acres of land near the corner Concord and Lowell avenues, a spot known as the S-Curve, as part of a process that has been extended amid community complaints. Complicating matters is the fact that this new recreation area, which will be operated by city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, can’t be called a “park.”
Under the terms of the lease with Caltrans, the name of the new recreation area can include such words as “open space,’ “playground,” “fields” or “garden.” But just don’t call it a park.
But after taking suggested names, The Trust for Public Land, which is overseeing the construction of the
park – sorry, make that open space – has been forced to extend the naming process after some residents complained that not enough people had gotten a chance to recommend and vote on names. Then, some folks wanted to know who would be eligible to vote on the names.
Finally, after distributing flyers reading “Final Name Vote” and “Last Chance!,” officials will hold a vote today between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the property. Only El Sereno residents can vote and, as the flyer makes clear, they get “only 1 vote for person.”
Among the 40 names on the ballot:
Angels Watching Zone
El Sereno Arroyo Garden
El Sereno Fun in the Sun
Field of Hope
Jardin de Paz
Under His Wings Playground
Of course, this vote is not really final. The most popular name based on today’s election will then be submitted to board of Recreation and Parks for final approval.
* Update: And the winner of the El Sereno name-that-green-space election is … The Eastsider