Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reyes Greens "L.A.s Central Park" With Children's Meadow

Contact: Monica Valencia (213) 473-7001

City, community break ground on $2.45 million synthetic field at MacArthur Park TODAY, Thursday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

WHAT: Councilmember Ed P. Reyes will join with elected leaders, City departments and parents to break ground on a Children’s Meadow at MacArthur Park. The $2.45 million project involves transforming a dirt lot into an outdoor destination for families in one of the most densely- populated census tracts in the country.

“In many ways, MacArthur Park is L.A.’s Central park,” said Councilmember Reyes. “MacArthur Park lies in one of the nation’s most densely-populated areas and near a major transit hub. The Children’s Meadow at MacArthur Park, as it evolves into a world class park, will provide one of the few green spaces in the area for thousands of locals and vistors to enjoy.”

The renewal project, scheduled for completion in one year, includes a synthetic Children’s Meadow, picnic area and historic lighting. It is the latest of Reyes’ efforts, including the refurbished bandshell, lighting and increased Los Angeles Police Department patrols, to revitalize the historic park.

WHO: Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, First District
Debby Rolland, Superintendent Metro Region, Recreation and Parks
Jose Maciel, MacArthur Park Director
Congressman Xavier Beccera, 31st District
Assemblyman Fabian Nuñez, 46th District
Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer

WHEN: Thursday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: MacArthur Park, 2230 W. 6th St.Los Angeles, CA 90057
(Groundbreaking ceremony to be held on dirt lot near the bandshell)

Metro Red Line accessible: Westlake/MacArthur Park exit