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Monday, September 26, 2016

Silver Lake residents turn a barren spot into a green oasis

With traffic whizzing by and heat and glare reflecting off the asphalt, the barren triangular-patch of land that juts into the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and Parkman Avenue has never been a welcoming spot. But, thanks to a nearby resident, Ara Babaian, this over-looked piece of urban property is getting a green make over. Babian and local local architect John Southern have worked for more than two years on a plan to beautify the nearly 2,000-square-foot plot, eventually securing public funds and support to create the tree-shaded Parkman Triangle. Volunteers organized by Babaian are now working on the site.

“Two years ago, I learned of a community beautification grant from the City’s Office of Community Beautification,” Babaian said in an email. “So I printed flyers and put them in mailboxes, got some people together to get support, and we prepared the application for the grant.” Ground was broken on the project earlier this year, and volunteers are scheduled to return to The Parkman triangle this Sunday for more work on the site. Click on the link below to read Babaian’s full account of how he got this project started.

I moved into Silver Lake over 7 years ago, and the site of Parkman Triangle is a block away from my house. It is just under 2,000 square feet, and until recently, was just asphalt. Two years ago I learned of a community beautification grant from the City’s Office of Community Beautification. So I printed flyers and put them in mailboxes, got some people together to get support, and we prepared the application for the grant. During this process, I met local architect John Southern of Urban Operations Studio. Without John, this project would not happen. He brought his amazing skills and commitment to this project, and developed the design for Parkman Triangle, which features minimal architectural elements to avoid graffiti or people sleeping at Parkman Triangle. Instead, there will be three shade-providing trees and drought-resistant shrubs.

So it turned out that we received the Beautification grant as well as over $4,000 from Eric Garcetti’s office in the form of demolishing and hauling [away] the asphalt. About 3 weeks ago, the groundbreaking happened, and our first volunteer day was Saturday (yesterday). We had a great turnout with over 20 volunteers working five hours. Our next volunteer day is Sunday, March 21. Those who are interested should email me at [email protected]

Related stories:
Parkman Triangle is a reality. GreenPosts.com
Tropical-adjacent mini park breaks ground in Silver Lake. Curbed LA
Rendering by John Southern



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