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Parks Report Card: Eastside parks get mixed grades when it comes to cleanliness

Patton Street Park in Echo Park

Patton Street Park, which opened in 2015, received an A- grade

If you are a frequent visitor to Patton Street Park in Echo Park, consider yourself lucky.  The tiny and relatively new park, which opened in 2015,  was given an A- grade when it came to cleanliness and overall conditions based a recent survey of more than 40 community parks by Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin.

Citywide, most of the park problems had to do with dirty restrooms and concerns about safety expressed by park goers, according to the L.A. Recreation & Parks Condition Survey & Report Card.

While Pattron Street Park got a high grade, the other Eastside parks included in the survey received “B” and “B-“grades, with visitors faced with dirty or locked restrooms, homeless encampments and other problems.   Here’s a summary of the findings:

Chevy Chase Park | Atwater Village

  • Overall Grade: B
  • Highlights: “Landscaping was in good condition with minimal bare spots and healthy trees …. Park features in good condition included: Lawn/picnic area, BBQ stands, Indoor gym … The water fountains had strong pressure.and were clear of debris. One was rusty.”
  • Cleanliness: ” Although the park was generally free of litter and graffiti, there were two instances of bulk items. Some of the tables had writing on them.”
  • Restrooms:  “The stall in one restroom was in good condition while another had toilet paper on the floor. Some of the stalls lacked toilet paper. The second restroom was inaccessible and, thus, received an F grade.”

El Sereno Recreation Center | El Sereno

  • Overall Grade: B
  • Highlights: “Most facilities were in good condition.”
  • Cleanliness:  “While the park was generally clean, there was a significant amount of litter by the skate park. Graffiti was noted in multiple places in the park. One fence had a hole cut through it.”
  • Drinking Fountains:  “Two of the four water fountains assessed were not functioning and were dirty. Two others were in good condition.”

Hollenbeck Park | Boyle Heights

  • Overall Grade: B –
  • Highlights: “The park offers open green space with a variety of native and exotic tree species, based on 19th century Victorian park design concepts.:
  • Cleanliness:  “Part of the park lies underneath a freeway. There appeared to be some gas tanks under the freeway. This section of the park was dark, and thus, seemed unsafe. There was no park personnel presence around the park; they stayed in the recreation center. There were makeshift houses along the edge of the park next to the freeway. One corner of the walking path had a significant amount of bulk item trash.There was litter around the park with a lot of trash in the section under the freeway. There was some graffiti throughout the park. Portions of the lake edge were in despair and falling into the lake.
  • Restrooms:  “The field restrooms were dirty and poorly stocked, although the indoor restroom was clean and functional.”

Montecito Heights Recreation Center | Montecito Heights

  • Overall Grade: B –
  • Highlights: ” The indoor gym, children’s play area, and picnic areas were in good condition.”
  • Cleanliness:  “There was graffiti and litter around the park. There were tents set up at the top of the hill that runs along the side of the park.”
  • Restrooms:  “One room was dim and smelled of marijuana, but otherwise was in working order. The other restroom was missing a soap dispenser and had minimal trash.”

Patton Street Park | Echo Park

  • Overall Grade: A-
  • Highlights:  “Lawn and landscaping was in good condition with no bare patches or invasive weeds noted and seemed to be maintained regularly. In terms of external infrastructures, paint, lighting, and fences were in good condition. One drinking fountain was clean and usable, with sufficient water pressure.”
  • Cleanliness:  “Patton Street Park had no observed graffiti, bulk items, vermin, or dangerous litter items.”
  • Problems:  “Points were deducted from water conservation and trees because of standing water and two stressed trees …. One drinking fountain had sand clogging the drain … A few pieces of litter were observed, although no one was in the park at the time of the visit.”

The grades were based on professional site visits between Oct. 2016 and June 2017 and surveys of more than 3,700 residents. Go here for the full report.

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