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Much-Needed Pocket Park Breaks Ground in NoHo

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Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest differences. Case in point: Local officials broke ground this morning on a new pocket park for the corner of Fulton Street and Vanowen Avenue in North Hollywood. The park, which totals 8,279 square feet or 0.2 acres, will be located on the former site of a Department of Water and Power yard that was, until recently, occupied by dust and tumbleweeds--so call this a big upgrade. The park will include picnic facilities, native plants, a smart irrigation system, and a play area. NoHo, like many other neighborhoods in Los Angeles, is stuck with a dearth of park space--in a statement today, Judy Price, immediate past president of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association, explained: "We currently have only one full park and two mini-parks within our community," adding, "we will now have another park sorely needed by the children living in the area. This is a very happy day for our children." The project comes from a partnership between the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the LADWP, and the city's Department of Rec and Parks. Krekorian's office has been working since entering office in 2010 to acquire the property from the DWP, eventually purchasing the land with $480,000 in Community Development Block grant funds from the federal government. The park is expected to open later this year.
· Construction Begins on New Pocket Park in North Hollywood [NHP]