The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council will host a town hall next month to discuss creating a pocket park or plaza out of parking spaces on Glendale Boulevard under the city’s “People Street” program.
According to board member Karen Knapp, the council is interested in turning a portion of Glendale Boulevard into a walk-able plaza or a “parklet.” The latter is described on the People Street website as “an expansion of the sidewalk” created by turning one to three parking spaces into an area with “people oriented” features such as seating, plants or “elements of play.” The architects for the project were leaning towards a plaza.
“They’re hoping for something a little bigger,” Knapp said.
Knapp said an area around the intersection of Glendale and Brunswick Avenue, by Kopper Keg, had been discussed as a potential location for the park, but emphasized it was preliminary and no decisions had been made.
People Street is a program created by the city with the intent of converting redundant and underused roads into green space and parks. Local businesses, non-profit organizations and business improvement districts, among potential organizations, fund the construction and maintenance of the spaces.
The Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake was created as part of the pilot program that lead to People Street as were parklets in El Sereno and Highland Park.
Concerns over losing valuable parking spots along the Glendale Boulevard commercial corridor have been raised, according to Knapp. The program’s website argues that the loss of parking spaces is mitigated because residents are more likely to shop at multiple stores along the public space.
The neighborhood council decided to host the town hall because they recently learned the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment required the boards to host them. The group wasn’t sure how it would structure their first town hall meeting, but noted there was flexibility in the methodology of conducting the informal gatherings.
“Every neighborhood council has their own style,” Knapp said. “We’ll figure out what ours is.”
“Ours is flashing necklaces,” said co-chair Courtney Morris, a reference to the blinking Christmas light necklace Knapp was wearing.
The town hall is scheduled for program on January 23 at Christ’s Church of Griffith Park. The time has yet to be determined.
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