On October 2nd, LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, former City Councilmember Rosalind Wyman, and members of the Palms community joined the Palms Neighborhood Council and the Department of Recreation and Parks to break ground on the modernization of Woodbine Park – a pocket park at Vinton Avenue and Woodbine Street in Palms.
PNC President Eli Lipmen welcomed everyone to the soon-to-be constructed “community living room” in Palms – an eco-friendly project that brings the whole community together. Department of Recreation and Parks Assistant General Manager Michael Shull described the improvements, to include a resurfaced and updated basketball court, new LED lighting, a brand new playground on a rubberized surface, new sidewalks, a native plant demonstration area, and additional improvements to the parks benches, trash cans, and more. He explained, “the Palms Neighborhood Council came to us with a shovel-ready design and an extensive community outreach plan, which made it much easier to begin construction on this project quickly.”
PNC Vice President Niall MacMenamin, who led the projects development over four years, recognized the contribution of those in the community – past Council members, developers, school children, parents, park-goers, and community groups – in developing a strategic plan that ensured this project remained a top priority for the Neighborhood Council over four years. You can read more about the PNC’s strategic plan, extensive outreach efforts, and design plans here. Councilmember Paul Koretz recognized the support of Rosalyn Wyman and the LA Parks Foundation, who brought needed funds to the park, a ‘sister park’ to the Rosalind Wyman Recreation Center on Overland Avenue.
After the formal program, the community gathered together, grabbed shovels, and ceremoniously broke ground on the new park in Palms! Construction will officially begin Monday, October 7th and will last until the end of January 2014.