Park Advisory Board Special Meeting Set
The Pacific Palisades Recreation Center Park Advisory Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30 in the small gym.
Initially the meeting was set for a presentation of the Veteran’s Park/bocce ball court and a vote for approval for the park and plans.
But the agenda has been updated to include public comment on the plan to add green space to the Veteran’s Garden by moving the trash bins from the maintenance yard to the area next to the tennis courts in the lower parking lot of Frontera. The move would allow Veteran’s Garden proponents to take about half of the maintenance yard and annex it to that project.
At the quarterly PAB meeting on October 17, the board approved moving the bins, without input from tennis players or the people who lived on Frontera.
Residents will now be able to voice their concerns.
Erich Haas, the Palisades Rec Center director wrote Circling the News in an October 23 email: “Please help us get the word out to ALL affected patrons and interested parties on this matter. It is important to me that all voices, pro & con, are heard by the Board.”
Regarding the Veteran’s Garden/bocce approval (visit: veteransgardens.net), several PAB board members have asked that the dimensions be included in the presentation, including the entrance to the park and the area inside the Garden.
When the project was first proposed, the Board made it clear they wanted room for a bounce house and birthday parties within the space.
The Board was also told that the upper half of the yard, which extends to Alma Real Drive, would remain a lawn so that schools could still use it for physical education and kids could still kick a soccer ball and run in the space.
Members have also asked to see the lighting plans and inquired about who will be responsible for any damage caused by bocce balls to cars, houses, etc.
At the quarterly meeting the rat problem in the maintenance yard was addressed. Haas wrote CTN on October 24 about several steps he’s taken, which include: 1) All the trash strewn about the yard and in the area around the yard, including the area directly behind the yard, which abuts neighbor’s property, has been cleaned up. 2) All trash can lids have been closed and Haas said he would send an email to maintenance reminding them to keep the bins closed. 3)The old incinerator, where rats are believed to have a nested, has been cleaned out. Haas had sent an inquiry to maintenance to ask when it could be demolished, but has not received a reply, yet.
In an October 24 email, CTN asked if an exterminator had been contacted. Haas said that Rec Centers cannot contact individual exterminators, but he had contacted the Forestry division which handles pest problems.