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Veterans Park Pegged for Revitalization

The park will move to the Department of Recreation and Parks and receive $20,000 in funding.

Councilmember Ed Reyes thinks Highland Park's Veterans Square Memorial is "ready for a face lift."

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion proposed by Reyes to move the park at the intersection of York Bouelvard and North Figueroa Street from the jurisdiction of the Department of Street Services to the that of the Department of Recreation and Parks. Reyes' motion also calls for $20,000 in Street Services funds to be shifted to Recreation and Parks to help pay for the parks' revitalization.

From Reyes Motion:

Today, the Memorial is ready for a face-lift. Over the last couple of years, local stakeholders have pro-actively provided maintenance and tender loving care to this special space, as well as providing information and assistance to the local homeless individuals that
frequent the area.

It is now time for the City of Los Angeles to join these caring local stakeholders in bringing our veterans memorial up to par with other key public plazas. Our war veterans deserve it, Northeast Los Angeles deserves it, and our city deserves it.

For years, the park has been a source of controversy in Highland Park. The fence was erected in early June in an attempt to put an end to homeless individuals gathering there.

However, many of the individuals who has been forced to leave returned within days.

Since the fence was erected, Highland Park's homeless have moved to smaller encampments throughout the neighborhood.

Patch Asks: What do you envision for Veterans Square Memorial? Do you think the city can create safe and friendly park while still serving the needs of the area's homeless?

elozano August 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
"Veterans park" looks more like an traffic median/island. The whole corner looks poorly planned. If a flag/memorial were to be moved in front of a redesigned senior center - using the craftsman style so common in the neighborhood it would be something the community would be proud of. I think the homeless folks would probably stay away as well.
KingSlav August 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
While it would be nice to a have a larger memorial, your idea will impede auto and bus throughput. The feeder to eastbound York relieves a great deal of traffic through the intersection and has been a godsend during the sewer construction.
ChickenBoyFan August 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Get out your jack hammers, and let's get ready to cr-u-u-u-umble that broken down, tilted, fountain, along with all of the concrete. Concrete jungles are sooooo last century. We need more green, native, space, and that memorial could be a more beautiful place of reflection in honor of the Vets. I can see it as a beautiful, reflective, focal point, that starts to thread one through the historic Arroyo's natural beauty, and Highland Park's unique architectural style. Any takers with jackhammers?
Marius August 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I just drove by the Memorial "Park" this morning. Now that it is fenced and CLOSED, it NEVER looked so clean! Any way of keeping it that way? The street lane behind it should be removed, making the corner ONE. And a Right Turn Lane should be added on the new SOUTH-WEST CORNER of Fig and York. The street lane behind it now just makes no sense and is quite dangerous for peds.
Ruby de Vera September 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The Northeast Veterans Day Parade this year will culminate at the Veterans Square. The committee is also working with the Veterans Square group to help upgrade the site in preparation for the parade on Sunday, 11/11/12 at 1:00 p.m. The parade will begin at Avenue 45, go east on York Blvd. and end at the square for recognition and live entertainment. Everyone is invited. Contact Ruby de Vera, rbdevera@sbcglobal.net or www.nelavetsparade.org for more information.

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