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New Park Opens on Fulton Avenue [Video]

The recreation area is equipped with plenty of new playground equipment for kids.

An empty utility lot at Fulton Avenue and Vanowen Street recently got a face lift and is now riddled with playground equipment for children.

"We took a well site, this is an active well site bringing water to the citizens of Los Angeles to drink, but it also provides an open space," said Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager of Recreation and Parks, at the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for Fulton Avenue Park.

It took about $450,000 in community development block grant money to build the park, which is flanked by the Tujunga Wash to the south and the west.

The new recreation area is less than an acre in size, but it is part of the city's much larger "50 Parks Initiative" to open more similar sites citywide.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian was also at the ribbon cutting and spoke of the importance of giving community members better access to park land.

"Parks are a public safety measure as well. If we don't fund parks, it doesn't matter how much we fund the police department, we will not have a safe community, we will not have a community that offers our young people the kinds of opportunities that they should have," he said.

Van Nuys resident Hillary Oberstein brought her 2-year-old son Akiva, who spent his time during the press conference climbing and exploring some of the new playground gear.

"I grew up two blocks away from here," Oberstein said. "It would have been a fantastic blessing to have been able to walk to this park."

Fulton Avenue Park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

NH January 03, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Now they need to do the same at the corner of Vineland and Kittridge.
Arin Mikailian (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Hi: If I'm thinking of the same corner you are, there's already a project planned. http://patch.com/A-zDyy
Nowhere85grad January 03, 2013 at 11:55 PM
$450K spent on less than one acre? No wonder the City of LA is broke.
Jeremy Oberstein January 04, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Actually, Nowhere85grad, this park was completely paid for with federal dollars via community development block grants.
Jean Jeunet January 04, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Jeremy, are there any plans to finish the Whitnall Highway beautification project that LaBonge started, did a shovel-ready photo op, and then left?
Nowhere85grad January 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
$450K from the feds when the feds are borrowing more than 40 cents of every dollar does not change why are we spending that kind of money within one acre?
Alex White January 04, 2013 at 06:06 PM
In that case, then, no wonder the country is broke.
Arnold Watson January 05, 2013 at 12:16 AM
It's nice to see that there is a park there once again. The original park was a place the neighborhood kids (myself included) would go and play a game or two of football back in the 80's. It really only had two tables covered by an arbor, I believe 1-2 BBQ's, a large open field, but lacked a playground for the little ones to play in. Unfortunately it was closed (fenced off) after gangs and other activity began to become a problem there.
Jeremy Oberstein January 05, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Jean, our understanding is that the DWP is going to use the Whitnall Highway area as a staging ground for an important project to lay new pipe beneath Lankershim. In talks with the department, though, our office asked - and the DWP assured us - that this area will receive the attention it deserves after the water work, meaning beautification and street resurfacing. I know that may be of little consolation given the years of frustration, but it is on our radar and something we are aiming to get done as soon as possible. Thanks for your inquiry.

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