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Developers' Fees Fund Improvements At Echo Park, Hollywood Parks

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Echo Park tennis players, your tennis court off Glendale is about to get a wee bit less scrappy-looking: Today, Council president Eric Garcetti announced that quimby fees (money paid by developers to the city), will be doled out to park projects in his districts. Of course, the biggest news is the Hollywood Recreation Center, a $3.2 million new recreation facility at 1122 Cole Ave. (that still needs funds before construction can cost) but smaller projects, like the Echo Park tennis courts, will also see improvements.


Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti today announced the
allocation of more than $4 million in funding for park projects in his
council district. The funding for this project comes from QUIMBY funds,
fees collected from residential developers for outdoor improvements in
the same neighborhood.

“I’m proud to announce funding for these community projects that
will improve our neighborhoods and give families more places to enjoy
time together,” said Garcetti. “As we build new housing and retail
space, it’s important that we also provide green space and
recreational opportunities for families in the area. These new projects
funded by developer fees will help us do that.”

The projects that will receive QUIMBY funding are:

? Echo Park Tennis Courts: Approximately $316,000 has been
allocated to renovate the fencing and lighting fixtures and repair the
courts at the Echo Park Tennis Courts.

? Glassell Park Recreation Center: The Glassell Park Recreation
Center will be upgraded with a new walking and jogging path using
$560,000 in funds.

? Lemon Grove Recreation Center: The Lemon Grove Recreation
Center in Hollywood will be improved with new landscaping and outdoor
fitness stations along the existing path. In addition to the $62,000 in
QUIMBY funds allocated for this project, it has also received $10,000 in
funding through a Board of Public Works Community Beautification Grant.

? Hollywood Recreation Center: More than $3.2 million is
allocated to building a new, state-of-the-art recreation facility with a
greater capacity to serve the surrounding neighborhood. This project
has also received approximately $3 million in funding through
Proposition K, but additional funds will need to be identified before
construction can begin.

? Rockwood Park: More than $83,000 has been allocated to clean-up
and transform an abandoned brownfield into a new pocket park that will
serve the Historic Filipinotown community.