The Coastal Commission will consider a permit for a new park at its meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 2:30 pm, in the Westchester Community Room, which is located at 7166 West Manchester Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045.
The new child-friendly park will be located on the west side of Via Dolce a quarter mile north of the Silver Strand. All homeowners, particularly those with younger children, are urged to attend the hearing to support issuance of the necessary permit.
In the Fall of 2013, the Silver Strand Board received notice that the City of Los Angeles had prepared plans to construct a small park on Via Dolce. The original plans called for a passive park consisting of only green space, gravel walkways and benches.
Eric Beane, who was then a member of the Board, with the strong support of homeowner William Boyd, proposed that we approach the City to revise the plans for the park to include some children’s playground equipment in order to make the park family-friendly.
With the support of the Board, we suggested that the city revise the park plans to include playground equipment. When the efforts were first rebuffed, in early 2014, Eric, Bill and HOA president Fred Karlsen met with Council Member Mike Bonin and members of his staff. Bonin enthusiastically supported our efforts and requested his staff members to work with the City Department of Parks and Recreation to revise the plans for the park. In June of 2014, the three met with representatives of the City Parks & Recreation Department to discuss revisions to the park.
Follow up meetings with members of the Council Member’s staff, and representatives of the Parks & Recreation Department and City Bureau of Engineering Department followed, to fine tune the plans. Among other issues to be resolved was that the City initially stated that it could not find funds to cover the cost of playground equipment for the park. The design was fine-tuned with input from our Silver Strand community representatives. Finally, the design for the park proceeded to the budgeting and permitting process. Finding the budget to construct the park was no small feat, but this obstacle and all City of Los Angeles permitting has now been completed.
The park is now at the final step – approval by the California Coastal Commission. The hearing to gain the required Coastal Development Permit is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at 2:30pm. The City has indicated that once the permit is issued, there are sufficient funds for the park.