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Creating a community

October 30, 2000

freeway, you have single-family homes and they're more established and

they're safer," he said.

"That's really a misconception ... I don't see our neighborhood as

being any different than any other neighborhood in the city. It's got its

pluses and its minuses. It's got its problems and benefits."


Among the minuses is a noticeable lack of park space.


Glendale Parks Director Nello Iacono said the entire city lacks

developed park land, "but the greatest deficiency is in the southern

portion of the city."

The root of the problem may go back as far as 70 years, he said.

"Adequate park land space was not set aside," Iacono explained. "Our

population increase far outstripped the park land."

While 30.8% of the city's residents live south of Broadway, there are

only five parks in the area, totaling about 18 acres.

At the request of community members, the city formed a 25-member panel

last year to find ways to improve parks and recreational facilities

throughout Glendale.

In February, the group recommended the city develop 23 acres of park

land in southern Glendale by 2010.

"Parks are an integral part of our community," Iacono said. "It's one

of those ingredients, like libraries, like police, like streets, that

combined, enhance a community's quality of life."

Despite the needs in her neighborhood, Rangel, who grew up in southern

Glendale and has moved out of and returned to the area twice, said she

likes it there.

"Frankly, I would leave everything the way it is," she said.

But she realizes not everyone will see the area as she does.

"They have to live here in order to appreciate it," she said.

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