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What will your neighborhood get out of the city budget?

Eagle Rock dogs will get a park of their own.  Police will be able to park inside a new garage next to the Glassell Park station house.  A super bumpy Silver Lake street will finally be rebuilt.  The money for all these items are in included in the city’s $8.76 billion budget that was tentatively approved last week by the City Council.

The vast majority of funds go for salaries and city-wide initiatives, such as reducing homelessness. But there are numerous, neighborhood projects included in the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.  Here are a few of those projects:

Eagle Rock Dog Park: $800,000

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EAGLE ROCK — The off-leash dog park would be built on the grounds of the  Eagle Rock Recreation Center along along Figueroa Street. The area north of the baseball fields is described as “under-utilized” but accessible to parking and removed from homes. “The dog park can now move forward toward a formal design,” said Councilman Jose Huizar’s newsletter.

LAPD Northeast Division Parking Garage: $9.68 million

GLASSELL PARK –– A 240-space parking garage will be built next to the newly constructed LAPD Northeast Division station in Glassell Park. The 52,000-square-foot station was constructed without sufficient off-street parking for officers and staff, requiring the department to lease parking spaces about a mile away from a church in Atwater Village.

Echo Park  Skate Park: $661,000

Rendering courtesy SITE Design Group

ECHO PARK ––  The concept that was approved for the Echo Park Skate Park was much larger than originally envisioned and exceeded $500,000 in bond funds that had been allocated to the project. The extra $661,000 will help supply the necessary funds to complete the skate park, which will be built where a now empty public swimming pool is located next to the 101 Freeway onramp at Echo Park and Bellevue avenues.

Descanso Drive Reconstruction: $2.6 million

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SILVER LAKE — The carob trees that were planted in the median of Descanso Drive gave the street much charm and shade. But the roots of those trees have also inflicted heavy damage on the pavement over the decades. The city has been removing the trees deemed safety hazards but performed only superficial street repairs.  The $2.6 million budgeted for this project will allow for the city “to re-engineer and reconstruct a completely failed street,” said the recent Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in a recent Council District 13 newsletter.  The project, as described on the Bureau of Engineering website, calls for removing more carob trees, digging out tree roots, reconstructing the pavement and installing new concrete curbs and  landscaping in the median.

Purchase Taylor Yard G2 Parcel near L.A. River: $40 million.

Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

CYPRESS PARK & GLASSELL PARK — The city has been in negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad Co. to purchase what is known as Taylor Yard parcel G2, a 42-acre wedge of riverfront that sits between the L.A. River and Rio de Los Angeles State Park.  Technically, the $40 million is not in the city budget. It’s $40 million that would be available from the city controlled Municipal  Improvement Association of Los Angeles, which would issue bonds to finance the purchase.

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6 comments

  1. “A super bumpy Silver Lake street will finally be rebuilt. ” I thought they were talking about the stretch of Glendale Blvd around Silver Lake Blvd intersection by the B of A and record store. Wondering how bad that has to get before anyone with the city notices

    • I was hoping they meant the stretch of Silver Lake Blvd. south of Sunset to the 101 onramp. I feel like my car is going to shake itself apart every time I drive it.

  2. sickofcopsthatdontshowup

    !0 million for a parking lot for police? yea, I definitely can’t think of any better ways to spend that money

  3. It’s certainly another interesting case study in the high cost of “free” parking that so many take for granted in this city.

  4. Thank you so much to the Councilmen and his team for pushing the dog park through! We “Dogs of the Rock” have been advocating for such a space for may years now, collecting signatures and the support of local businesses. Please tag any dog pictures (on Instagram) with #dogsoftherock to appear on our feed and follow us as we can now officially/finally become “Dogs of the Rock – Friends of Eagle Rock Dog Park”!

    • I remember attending a meeting at the ER Rec Center on this subject..about 10 years ago. I think it was Councilman Pacheco at the time. The little league coach was adamant that that area was being used all the time as overflow from the other baseball diamonds nearby. The councilman’s rep had actually driven by at an assortment of times and found that this was not the case. Classic obstructionism.

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