Park is big hit with its ‘owners’

first_imgRebecca Lopez, a member of United for Marson Street who helped design and develop the park, will rotate monthly duties that include trash pickup and opening and closing the gates. “You’ll see me out here with a broom,” said Lopez, a 20-year resident. Councilman Tony C rdenas expressed gratitude, explaining that the grass-roots organizing proved how important locally guided projects are to Los Angeles. “We need to see 10, 20, 100 parks like these throughout the city,” he said. Joni Novosel, program director for the Valley Care Consortium, plans to organize a walking club at the park. Parks are key in the fight to eliminate certain chronic diseases, she said, especially those plaguing lower-income areas where park space is scarce. “We have seen the statistics: where there is less green space, there is a higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” Novosel said. “We can establish programs at places like parks because people like to congregate there and feel comfortable.” Some of the biggest supporters of the park were definitely of the pint-sized variety. Rocky, one of the tiniest park visitors, happily ran through his new play area. The black-and-tan dachshund-Chihuahua mix will now have plenty of green space to enjoy, his owner Norma Mendez said. “I am happy and excited,” said 8-year-old Kevin Gallego. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – Gloria Sanchez watched the lot across from her house fill up with abandoned mattresses, scrap wood and metal, and graffiti for 18 years. But on Saturday, with Aztec drums pounding and Mexican banda music blaring in the background, Sanchez stood amazed as the lot was transformed. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the newly inaugurated Marson Street Park filled up with dozens of neighborhood children. Sanchez knew the hard work had paid off. “There were many people who said this wouldn’t happen,” Sanchez said. “But I always believed.” As the first pocket park in the San Fernando Valley designed by community members, the green space has already broken new ground. But Tanya Torres, an organizer for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust who helped spearhead the park effort, explained that the opening is just the beginning. “We won one battle by getting the park,” Torres said. “But there is still a lot of work to be done.” Nearby residents will plan classes and maintain the 8,700-square-foot park. last_img

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