Park Advisory Board to Meet April 19

Off-leash dogs are a problem in the upper lawn area and also now in Potrero Canyon.

The Palisades Park Advisory Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 in the small gym at the Palisades Recreation Center, 851 Alma Real Drive.

Residents are invited to bring concerns regarding the Palisades Recreation Center to the attention of the board. The people on the board are volunteers and are appointed by the Park Director Jasmine Dowlatshani. PAB members include Mike Skinner, Janet Anderson, Lynn Hylen, Bob Benton, Rick McGeagh (Vice President), Andy Starrels (President), Maryam Zar (Secretary), Jay McCann, Rob Webber, David Card, Robert Ellison, C.J. Laffer, Kimbiz Kamdar and Kimya Natan (teen member).

Dowlatshahi and staff will give updates about the programming at the Rec Center.

On the agenda is addressing the path around the baseball field, which has a major hole because of a squirrel infestation and the rains, which have caused erosion.

Squirrels and erosion have caused an unsafe path by the ball fields.

The lack of ADA compliance for the Rec Center bathrooms will be discussed, as will possible funding.

There will be a Potrero Canyon discussion that includes trying to garner ranger support, which is an enforcement branch of RAP. There are 458 parks in Los Angeles and 30 rangers to cover parks citywide.

The Rec Center and Wolfberg Park have seen an uptick of graffiti, which will be discussed. Off-leash dogs continue to be a problem at the Rec Center and now in Potrero.

Lights and noise mitigation, which was brought to the attention of the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners of the City of L.A., resulted in a sound dampening fence being placed near the bocce courts. Lights and noise mitigation will be discussed at the PAB meeting.

Many of the trees at the Recreation Center have either toppled or are no longer viable and are dead, especially along the fence line in the upper grass area. Tree planting will be discussed.

A LED light pilot at the tennis courts will be discussed by tennis concessionaire Mike Thomas.

The public will be allowed to comment on Agenda items when a respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the Agenda that is within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the Public Comment period. Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker, unless waived by the presiding officer of the Board.

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