BY BARRY LANK
ELYSIAN PARK – If you had $12.5 million to improve Elysian Park, what would you do first? A new soccer field in Solano Canyon? Site security at the community garden? Maybe a new dog park and picnic area near a grove of carob trees?
That’s been the focus for the city’s parks department, which held a public meeting last month covering a list of possible improvements. Rose Watson, public information director for the Department of Recreation and Parks, said members of the community gave input at that meeting.
No cost estimates have been discussed yet on the projects, according to Fredy Ceja, a spokesman for Councilman Gil Cedillo. Ceja said the funding will come from the $12.5 million the L.A. Department of Water and Power provided in return for capping a reservoir in the park. Watson said the money will come from the Community Parks Enhancement Fund.
Here are the options that were discussed at the meeting. Which three would top your priority list?
Update: As of Monday, March 5, the two choices were to hire new park rangers with security support and to build a new dog park and picnic area.
Other ideas offered up by readers included a bike skills park, skateboard park, more trash cans, fix the intersection of Stadium Way and Academy Road, trail connections and more crosswalks, use only native plants, repair the walking trail on the Echo Park side of the park.
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