New Park Coming to York Boulevard

By EGP Staff Report

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning at a former empty lot on York Boulevard and Avenue 50 in Highland Park to witness the groundbreaking for a new park.

The upcoming York Park is the most recent community improvement getting underway as part of the community’s York Vision Plan, in partnership with councilman Jose Huizar.

The workings of the plan, launched in 2010, focus on improvements along York Boulevard, which so far include the city’s first parklet and first bike corral.

Breaking ground on the future park at York Boulevard and Avenue 50. Left to right: Craig Raines, Landscape Architect for York Park, Mike Shull, GM, Dept. of Recreation & Parks State Senator Kevin De Leon, Dist. 22, Monica Alcaraz, President, Historic HPNC, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Yolanda Nogueira, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, Dist. 51, Noelani Raynoso, Carlos Rosales, Wells Fargo Bank. (Photo courtesy of office of Councilman Jose Huizar)

Breaking ground on the future park at York Boulevard and Avenue 50. Left to right: Craig Raines, Landscape Architect for York Park, Mike Shull, GM, Dept. of Recreation & Parks State Senator Kevin De Leon, Dist. 22, Monica Alcaraz, President, Historic HPNC, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Yolanda Nogueira, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, Dist. 51, Noelani Raynoso, Carlos Rosales, Wells Fargo Bank. (Photo courtesy of office of Councilman Jose Huizar)

Huizar worked with recreation and parks, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) and Living Streets L.A. to get $2.875 million in State Prop 84 funds for the improvements. Also, the LA Parks Foundation through the Wells Fargo UrbanLIFT Community Park Grant has contributed more than $3 million in funding for the new park.

“As an elected official one of my most important tasks is to simply listen to what the community wants and then go out and find the resources to turn those wishes into reality,” Huizar said. “That’s what we did for the York Boulevard Park, working alongside our partners. I am thrilled for the Highland Park community,” he said.

Park plans include a children’s play area, community plaza, picnic area, open green space, trees, a “smart” irrigation system, a walking loop with adult fitness equipment, restrooms, LED security lighting, a mini amphitheater and a public library book drop among other features.

The park is expected to open by 2015.

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