Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Silver Lake’s Bellevue Park gets some long-awaited fixing up

New fitness equipment | Barry Lank


SILVER LAKEBellevue Park is finally getting a little attention.

The Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated some newly installed fitness equipment at the park – including apparatuses for bench press, squats and elliptical cardio. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell added that five new melaleuca trees have been planted at the park.

But does the park still need work?

“Absolutely!” said Anthony Crump of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

While praising the new exercise equipment, Crump said, “The grass needs rehabilitation and both playgrounds desperately need shade structures for the kids. In addition, the benches throughout the park could use some love.”

This park figured in a previous Eastsider story about some old, worn-out benches at the park, some with screws exposed — benches that compared unfavorably with new, designer benches that had recently been unveiled around the  Silver Lake reservoirs. Since that story, at least one bench has been repaired, though not replaced.

One other item on Crump’s wish list, however, is in the works: A sidewalk leading to the east side of the entrance on Marathon Avenue.

“People with strollers can’t access the high curb and are forced to dangerously go out into the street in order to get into the park,” Crump said.

O’Farrell’s spokesperson Tony Arranaga said the city plans to build an ADA-compliant sidewalk along Marathon, from the park driveway to Maltman Avenue.

“The office is currently working to identify funding,” Arranaga said.

Which is to say, they’ve just got to figure out where to get the money.

Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.

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  1. Nice of them to do this but wish they could find some better designed equipment. It’s laughable how poorly designed and not functional these machines are.

  2. Lisa Fredriksen

    Melaleuca trees are Australian. Why not actual California Native trees??

  3. I’ll second the need for more shade.

  4. Please cork board or rubberize the pit area with the rings etc, even cement!!! Don’t mess with the workout equipment in that area. keep it grimy. It is basically the greatest workout area ever but the sand, I’ve been ingesting that sand against my will for the past 10 years. I’m pretty sure I’m sterile, but I’m ripped from my advanced calisthenics skills I built at my beloved Bellevue bar pit.

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