York Boulevard park in progress

The future home of York park | Photo by Katrina Alexy

HIGHLAND PARK —  The arrival of heavy-duty construction equipment this week signaled that work had begun on building an approximately $3 million park at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50.

York Park, the result of several years of workshops and a public vote on the final design, will occupy a now empty lot that will be the site of a small  amphitheater, tree-house style children’s play equipment,  musical play equipment, water misters and  a public library book drop.

A spokesman for  Councilman Jose Huizar said the construction of the park is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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  1. Let’s cross our fingers and pray that it’s something we can be proud of! God forbid we wind up with the same shortcomings of the Starbuck fiasco or the parklet on York between Avenue 50-51. The parklet design was not what the community had hoped it would be. It would be nice if umbrellas or trees were planted for shade near the parklet..

  2. Agreed El Cid. Can those abandoned burger stands across the street be bulldozed as well? Ugly abandoned buildings.

  3. So excited about this park! I agree with El Cid in so far as the park ADDING to the beauty of York, unlike that awful Starbucks we all loathe!

  4. Can we all vote that any wannabe gangbanger caught vandalizing this park will be forced to eat a bowl of the gas infested dirt the park is built on?

  5. Can we borrow the heavy equipment to make some minor adjustments to the parklet?

  6. Now if only the Troy’s Burgers could get bulldozed as well

    • Whoa, back the truck up a second! What’s wrong with Troy Burger? Great food, super breakfasts, friendly people behind the counter, good prices, you can pick a table and watch the passing parade while you eat or get your meal to go … what’s not to like about that? (And just for the record, I miss the cordial and gracious family that ran Classic Burger. Their breakfast burritos were two meals for me.)

  7. how could any park cost 3 million dollars? it costs less than 500,000 to build a house on the same plot of land.

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