Temescal Proposed as Dumpster Location
Eight large garbage dumpsters are proposed for Temescal Canyon Park, just below the alternative high school. The current park maintenance yard at the Palisades Recreation Center, where they have been located, will be closed.
In October, the Park Advisory Board voted to approve to move the large City trash containers that were housed in the park maintenance yard to south of the tennis courts. An outcry from tennis players and residents south of Frontera Road stopped that move.
The maintenance yard is located north of the tennis courts and just south of the proposed new picnic area. The yard has an incinerator, a small brick building, six large garbage containers and several smaller trash cans. There is also room for Rec Center personnel to park in the area.
Why would the current maintenance yard be closed? Huntington neighbors complained about rats and early morning trash pickups. At that October meeting, PAB Vice President Robert Harter said that Jimmy Dunne (who is spearheading the Veterans’ Garden/bocce courts project at the park) initially suggested moving the trash cans, to provide more “green” space adjacent to the [proposed] bocce courts.
At the January 16 quarterly PAB meeting, Raul Leon, the L.A. Department of Rec and Parks principal grounds maintenance supervisor, said that he had asked himself, “Where are viable options to move dumpsters?”
He said that after the tennis court idea was squashed, Parks and Rec moved four dumpsters out of the park, one went as far as Motor, another was moved to Rustic Canyon.
“I began a study about where are we going to move the dumpsters,” said Leon who then thought with grading and leveling at the upper portion of Temescal Canyon, it would allow a garbage truck access to the park area.
“We have eight lockable trash containers and we can put an 8-foot tall fence with two gates and a wind screen around it,” Leon said.
He said by moving the dumpsters to Temescal, there would be no bins at Palisades Rec Center and trash from Temescal, the Rec Center and the new Potrero Park would all be taken to Temescal.
Trash from the parks is collected daily and would be picked up there by a larger truck two to three times a week. Leon noted that it was too far to take trash from the Palisades to a facility off Motor Avenue.
“The trash generated in this area, has to be deposited here,” Leon said.
Leon was asked about the cost for grading and leveling the park area and who would fund it. He thought it would be more than $50,000 for the construction and he wasn’t sure about the funding. The park doesn’t currently have the money for this project, so residents would have to raise the money.
He was asked if the City would need Coastal Commission approval and he thought it possibly would.
Dunne, who was at the meeting told Leon, “What is the best way to deal with this? You have come up with the best solution. This is best for the community.”
Leon was asked if any of the people who live along the Temescal Canyon Rim had been notified.
Palisades Recreation Center Director Erich Haas said, “I don’t think that the people along Temescal got the message that this would be on the agenda. And I don’t think they know about it. I just found out today that Raul would be attending this meeting.”
PAB Member Bob Benton said, “We have to put out a public notice and meeting to discuss this.” Benton said that voting or establishing a committee to go forward would be premature.
Haas said, “If the folks says ‘no’ this is not going to happen, then we can move on. If no one has a problem with it, then we know.”
In October, the PAB board approved the move of the trash cans to the tennis center, without hearing from tennis players.
Before calling for a vote in October, Harter said: “Let’s assume that people on the tennis courts won’t want this. And second, let’s assume the houses nearest [on Frontera] won’t want it. Considering this, that it’s not perfect, let’s vote to accept it.”
And they did, with nine people voting yes, and one person abstaining.
This time the PAB Board is waiting for input from people who live on the Temescal Rim or others who walk or drive along Temescal Canyon Park.
If Temescal neighbors are okay with the trash cans, then construction plans would have to be drawn and money raised. It is unclear if the fence would be paid for by the City. If landscaping is sought for around the fence, the cost would be higher.
Most likely the Coastal Commission will have to be consulted because this area is in the Coastal Zone and possibly a traffic study done, because Temescal is a dangerous, high-speed roadway.
The matter will be placed on the April PAB meeting agenda. If you want to voice an opinion about the proposal to move dumpsters to Temescal Canyon Park, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.