Adams Hill residents went to the council meeting Tuesday with concerns that the park's playgrounds were too large and that the tables did not fit in with the park's design.
Councilman Frank Quintero noted that the park was originally set to be centered around a historic gas station and should be consistent with that concept — a sentiment that was shared by many residents.
The park, which currently sits covered in a tarp, contains two playgrounds, multiple tables and benches, and five entrances.
Major changes proposed are the removal of the park's larger playground and moving the smaller playground to where the larger one now sits.
More trees will also be added and some of the tables, benches and concrete will be removed. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California Environmental Quality Act will also be reviewed.
Though adjustments to the park could cost upwards of $200,000, city staff members said, council members noted that since it is being done for the public, it should be done right.
Mayor Ara Najarian, who agreed the park should be fixed, also pointed out that it was important to know what the costs would be. An application for a city variance that would have allowed a residentially zoned home on East Glenoaks Boulevard to operate as a business was denied Monday, much to the gratification of neighbors and disappointment of the property owners.
The denial came in a letter from Zoning Administrator Edith Fuentes, which followed an April 18 hearing on the matter.
The battle over usage of the home has raged for more than a year, with some neighbors claiming homeowners Minas and Dalida Keuroghlian have been illegally running a business, and Keuroghlians saying they could not get a moment of rest from neighbors spying on them.
In January, the City Attorney's Office filed charges against the homeowners for operating as a business in a residential area, and that case is still pending.