Residents, local dignitaries and Glendale Parks and Recreation department staff gathered at Dunsmore Park last Saturday morning to celebrate the re-opening of a La Crescenta landmark, the Dunsmore Park Community Center.
The center was closed for about one year during an extensive $980,000 remodel of the 3,000-square-foot facility.
The project, which was paid for by the city of Glendale’s capital improvement project fund, was much more extensive than originally planned and involved replacing floors and roof, taking out a drop-down ceiling and restoring the original, taller ceilings, and removing mold, lead and asbestos. But that wasn’t the worst part, said Adrine Golnazarian, project manager for the Parks and Recreation department.
“The mold and everything — we knew about; and we tented for termites, but when we got into the project we discovered that about 40 feet on the side of the building was on rotted wood siding, so we had to pour a whole new concrete foundation,” Golnazarian said, adding, “Everyone used to wonder why the building was shifting and starting to lean; well, we found out why.”