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August 7, 2012
Re "Council approves park improvements," Aug. 2: South Glendale residents and denizens alike should be very appreciative of being the recipients of such a beneficial state grant. Park users in their teens should surely benefit from publicly available outdoor workout equipment. And mature adults and seniors are also sure to love any state-of-the-art exercise machines that are easy on their joints. As a senior myself, my own favorite kind of machine is the appropriately named “Air Walker.” Seemingly, only Tri-Active America offered one in years past.
NEWS
March 8, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- A $480,000 renovation scheduled to begin in May at the Glendale Centre Theatre will have a pleasantly green fringe benefit: the creation of a new park. The city's redevelopment agency this week approved a 10-year, $350,000 loan to the Orange Street theater. The money will help to fund the construction of a wheelchair ramp for disabled patrons. But as part of the renovation, a piece of an adjacent city-owned parking lot will be converted into a park.
NEWS
August 9, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Plans to construct a permanent skate park in Glendale have been slow-moving, but city officials say those plans will finally take shape this fall. Talk of building a public skateboarding park in Glendale began as early as 1994, but long waits for permits, inexperienced contractors and some community resistance stalled the project until now, said George Balteria, the park development project coordinator for the city. Contracts for the new park are being finalized this month by city officials and project contractors.
NEWS
March 7, 2008
Questions the value of new park I can hardly wait until the new Pickens Canyon Park opens so I can spend my afternoons relaxing and enjoying all the peace and quiet at the corner of Foothill and Briggs. How much money was spent on this sad excuse for a park and why? Bruce K. Gibson La Crescenta Praises editor’s commentary A note of thanks from the Crescenta Valley Community Assoc. for Robin Goldsworthy’s mention in the Crescenta Valley Sun (“Around the town, still coughing,” Feb. 29)
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | November 30, 2005
Officials and contractors gather to plan demolitions to make way for new mini-park project.SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- As the concrete sets at a new walkway surrounding the fountain at the historic Adams Square, city officials gathered with nearly two dozen contractors Tuesday at the square to plan demolitions that will make way for the new Adams Square Mini-Park. The razing is scheduled for between February and mid-April, and will pave the way for the start of construction on the 12,500-square-foot mini-park in the 1000 block of East Palmer Avenue, project manager Hagop Kassabian said.
NEWS
December 10, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Glendale skateboarders will be able to go vertical when the city's new concrete skate park is completed next month. The 15,000-square-foot skate facility at Verdugo Park is being excavated and graded this week, and will be completed by the second or third week of January, officials said Tuesday. The park will feature two concrete sections that extend 11 feet high, going completely vertical and over-vertical, which means the section will extend more than 90 degrees.
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | November 26, 2005
Council to vote on $150,000 design and construction contract. Work could begin in July. GLENDALE CITY HALL -- The City Council is set to give the final go-ahead for the latest addition to Glendale's parks system: a 1-acre Cerritos School Park. The council will vote Tuesday on a $150,000 contract with Fountain Valley-based David Volz Design for the design and construction of the new park, which will be a joint effort between the city and the Glendale Unified School District. It is estimated that the park, which would be at the corner of Brand Boulevard and San Fernando Road adjacent to the recently rebuilt Cerritos Elementary School, will cost $1.6 million to build.
NEWS
April 15, 2004
Gary Moskowitz This weekend, Glendale will become home to the Southland's newest public skateboarding park. "And people should be stoked," said Sean Toro, project manager for the new Glendale Skate Park. "Glendale really scored one here with this park, and the skateboarding community knows it. This will be the premier skate park in the L.A. area now." City officials will host a grand opening ceremony for the new park at 10 a.m. Saturday. The 15,000-square-foot concrete facility is next to the basketball courts at the south end of Verdugo Park, 1621 Canada Blvd.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 1, 2012
Several park projects got approval from the City Council this week, including the design of a new park and contracts for security enhancements at two other open spaces. The council approved site plans for the half-acre Maryland Avenue Park, which is in one of Glendale's densest neighborhoods. The park is set to include a strawberry-themed tot lot, workout equipment, a faux rock wall and other amenities. The $1.7-million project at 812 S. Maryland Ave. will be paid for using state grants.
NEWS
July 1, 2005
Opposition coming to game late and using appalling tactics I am a resident of Adams Hill. An important feature of our unique area are the two landmark buildings in Adams Square -- the art deco Adams Square Building and the old gas station building. The city of Glendale has conducted an extensive process to acquire the gas station property and develop plans for a mini park. Input from the community was obtained at a series of public meetings from which emerged a plan that incorporated the gas station building as part of the new park.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
Hoisting gold-colored shovels, Glendale politicos dug into the ground on Tuesday at the proposed Maryland Avenue Park, a project that's been on the horizon for nearly seven years. Once the home of a multi-unit building that could have become affordable housing or a parking lot for nearby Pacific BMW, the 3/4 -acre parcel was snapped up by the city in 2006 in order to build a mini-park in one of Glendale's densest neighborhoods. “The neighborhood has a critical lack of open space,” said Community Services and Parks Commissioner Rodney Khan at the groundbreaking in front of a pile of dirt.
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NEWS
August 7, 2012
Re "Council approves park improvements," Aug. 2: South Glendale residents and denizens alike should be very appreciative of being the recipients of such a beneficial state grant. Park users in their teens should surely benefit from publicly available outdoor workout equipment. And mature adults and seniors are also sure to love any state-of-the-art exercise machines that are easy on their joints. As a senior myself, my own favorite kind of machine is the appropriately named “Air Walker.” Seemingly, only Tri-Active America offered one in years past.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 2, 2012
As part of its expansion plans, the hulking Mercedes-Benz dealership on South Brand Boulevard will soon start building a bridge over East Maple Street to connect its new service center to a four-story parking garage currently under construction. The bridge was approved by City Council members in late 2008 as part of larger expansion plans, but they gave the final OK on Tuesday, including granting permission to build in the space over the street. The bridge is designed to let dealership employees move customer and service vehicles between the two buildings at the third-story level “without disrupting normal vehicle and neighborhood activity on East Maple Street,” according to a city report.
THE818NOW
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 1, 2012
Several park projects got approval from the City Council this week, including the design of a new park and contracts for security enhancements at two other open spaces. The council approved site plans for the half-acre Maryland Avenue Park, which is in one of Glendale's densest neighborhoods. The park is set to include a strawberry-themed tot lot, workout equipment, a faux rock wall and other amenities. The $1.7-million project at 812 S. Maryland Ave. will be paid for using state grants.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint Jess Duran as director of the Glendale Community Services & Parks Department. Duran had been filling the role in an acting capacity since January, when former director George Chapjian left Glendale to head Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department. Duran has spent 33 years working for the city, where he rose up through the rank of the city’s Community Development & Housing Department, which was eliminated last year during a reorganization of several key city departments.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | September 6, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council has approved plans for a new park in south Glendale as city officials await news on a pending grant application for the funding. Costa Mesa-based firm David Volz Design has already crafted plans for the proposed Maryland Avenue Mini-Park, which would be on a half-acre lot within the East Garfield neighborhood bordered by Glendale Avenue, Brand Boulevard, Chevy Chase Drive and Maple Street. The $1.6-million park is part of the larger East Garfield Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which includes a new 30-unit affordable housing development, Garfield Gardens, and more than $1 million in public infrastructure and beautification improvements.
NEWS
March 21, 2008
Properties at Briggs Avenue and Foothill Boulevard are a focal point of activity this year. The property owner of La Crescenta Motel asked the Council to write a letter to the county?s Planning Commission to support a request to modify his CUP (conditional use permit) which lapsed last August. The Council is aware that letters from community groups do not change the law. Lapse in a CUP requires a new filing. Regardless of opinions about this issue, the Council is bound by law and did not write a letter of support as it might appear as a special favor.
NEWS
March 7, 2008
Questions the value of new park I can hardly wait until the new Pickens Canyon Park opens so I can spend my afternoons relaxing and enjoying all the peace and quiet at the corner of Foothill and Briggs. How much money was spent on this sad excuse for a park and why? Bruce K. Gibson La Crescenta Praises editor’s commentary A note of thanks from the Crescenta Valley Community Assoc. for Robin Goldsworthy’s mention in the Crescenta Valley Sun (“Around the town, still coughing,” Feb. 29)
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | January 23, 2008
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Getting from the car to class just got easier at Glendale Community College, where many students on Tuesday welcomed the opening of an elevator tower that connects the new parking structure to the campus buildings down the hill. “It’s great,” said student Hovik Mkrtchian, stepping out of the top of the elevator tower on the way back to his car. “It’s much better than taking the stairs.” The elevator tower, which holds two elevators and is connected to the parking structure by a bridge, was supposed to be ready for use at the beginning of the fall semester when the $27-million parking structure was completed.
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