With the snip of a ribbon on Thursday, North Hollywood got its newest park.
But it took several years to get the 2,200-square-foot Tiara Street park, complete with a playground and multi-purpose room that will house after school programs, to its grand opening due to funding stalls.
The project was originally championed by the district's previous city hall representative, Councilman Tom LaBonge, who then passed the torch to Councilman Paul Krekorian after re-districting.
"This is going to be the best treat you're going to get all day," Krekorian told an audience of dozens of local kids on the day of Halloween.
The park abuts Maurice Sendak Elementary School and isn't far off from New Horizons Charter Academy.
"Having this park right next to your school will be a tremendous benefit for you," Krekorian said. "Right after school you'll be able to go and enjoy this center and the park."
The city's parks and recreation department is working on developing after school programs similar to the one offered at the North Hollywood Recreation Center for kids up till age 12.
Additional park amenities include gaming tables for chess, concrete benches, outdoor fitness equipment and picnic tables.
Diann Corral, treasurer of the Mid-Town NoHo Neighborhood Council and a mom, also spoke at the ribbon cutting event and thanked city officials for engaging local citizens in how the park looks.
"Everything that you see here is what we brought up at a community meeting," she said.
For information about the after school program and to register, call the North Hollywood Recreation Center at 818-763-7651.