Tree house or climbing wall? Highland Park votes on design for a new York Boulevard Park

One of three design proposals for York Park/LA Rec & Parks

After more than two years of meetings and planning, city officials have come up with three proposed designs to transform a former Highland Park gas station into a pocket park at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50.

Residents can view and vote for their favorite design online through Dec. 14 or they can review the proposals and vote in-person on Saturday, December 14 at the York Park site between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Nearly $3 million in state funds have been allocated to buy and build the approximately one-third acre park amid the growing numbers of new restaurants and shops along York Boulevard. All of the designs call for a gated park with an outdoor amphitheater or plaza,  fitness areas and a restroom. But one design features a metal mural backdrop by the amphitheater and succulent garden; another plan calls for a platform slide and climbing wall; a third is focused on a play structure that looks like a giant tree-house.

The voting is limited to persons ages 11 and above.  Click here to view and vote.


  1. I spend a lot of time in this neighborhood, I have friends with a 2 year old down the street from this park. I look forward to watching her have fun here throughout the years.

  2. It’s cool they’re building this for the community, but why do contemporary parks have to have so much hardscape? Those illustrations just look like they’re trying to shoehorn an ampitheatre into a very small space at the expense of the more basic park elements like grass and trees.

    • The graffiti removal companies lobbied for the amphitheatre to be included.

    • From Lot to Spot

      Amen! And spending this much in a less than an acre park deters tax payers to want to pay for parks. We understand the property is a huge expense, but pockets parks should be built timely and cost effectively so we can build more in the communities that need them.

  3. I’m hoping not to offend; but, I seriously hope it doesn’t wind up like the parklet on York Blvd. that could of been so much better if the vision had been clearly planned, designed, and produced. The York Park may eventually be what the LA Park & Rec’s determines to be best. We do not want substandard equipment placed at this site. I agree with the comment above, it may be in our best interest to focus on keeping it simple, green, open, playful space!

  4. I’m very pleasantly surprised by how nice these look. To address some of the previous comments, some of the hardscape elements are required by the grant that is funding the park.

    There were several great community meetings and the amphitheater came up a lot from the community. It’s not my favorite element, but I’m happy that the planners clearly listened and responded to the ideas that came out at the meetings and included many of them. I’m especially happy to see so much shade! Shaded play areas are sorely lacking at our current park options. It will be very welcome to have some shady play areas in the summer,

  5. Who pays for the up keep and maintenance?

  6. Simple and green. That would be so lovely, but I was not involved with the planning so I feel I can’t criticize. I know what it takes for a community to make this happen. Thank you to all involved. I do wish it was just a testament to nature with lots of trees and native plants with benches like lovely Arlington Garden, a community planned park in Pasadena.

    • preservation patriot

      I’m with Alex K. I also agree with El Cid. Many people wasted their time working on the parklet. Then it got into the wrong hands, and it looks really horrible. What a waste of time and energy. It is exactly what we did not want, however someone muscled their way into getting the contract to do mosaic, when we knew it would be in horrible competition with all of the other busy-ness fro the store fronts. We can not let this park follow suit. We deserve better, and we need community experts to help us get there. I like the folks who did design A.

  7. I don’t remember this being the site of a gas station. I’m only 55, so I probably don’t remember it back then. I do remember it when it was an early type of 1930s-1940s strip mall, complete with wooden sidewalks and western-looking buildings and stores. And as for the design, you have to have some type of structure there, or the darned yipster doggie folks will take it over. But not too much because the bums will take it over, looking for a cranny to crash. I don’t know what I hate more, doggie piss, bum piss, or whiney pseudo-yipsters, especially here in the heart of old Yorktown. Weeeeee!!!!

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