The construction of a 36-unit condo project in Echo Park has generated more than $215,000 in fees earmarked for nearby parks. Home builder D.R. Horton, which is constructing the 36 on Echo project at the corner of Echo Park and Delta avenues, has paid a city-mandated Recreation and Parks fee totaling $215,542, according to City Council records. That fee, also known as a Quimby Fee, however, has a major string attached: it is limited primarily to projects within one to two miles of the development. In addition, Quimby Funds can only be spent on purchasing new parkland or funding capital improvement projects – new restrooms or ball fields, for example – and not on maintenance and supplies. But where will this pot of Echo Park Quimby Funds be used?
The Eastsider has contacted the city’s Recreation and Parks Department to find how and when those funds will be allocated and if they are taking any suggestions.
* Update: Those funds have already been spent on new lighting and improvements to the Echo Park tennis courts at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Temple Street, said Rec and Parks management analyst Darryl Ford. The funds were paid by a previous owner of the condo project, and the city’s recreation and parks commissioners agreed to finance the improvements to the tennis courts.