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Two Skid Row Parks Run Out of Money, Could Close Friday

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Fallout from the dissolution of the state's community redevelopment agencies never seems to end. The latest mess is in DTLA's Skid Row, where two area parks that service the homeless population face imminent closure, according to the Downtown News. Gladys Park and San Julian Park, both of which provide the area homeless with a place to go during the day, are operated by the nonprofit SRO Housing Corp., which for years received payment from LA's CRA to maintain the parks. After the governor killed off such agencies, Councilmember Jan Perry snagged $175,000 in funds to keep the parks alive for six months--the money is now tapped out, meaning the parks will close on Friday unless some other solution is found. The problem is now Councilmember Jose Huizar's, as redistricting means both parks have fallen into his district. Gladys Park may be easier to salvage since it's already owned by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks (so it's just a matter of money to keep it open). San Julian Park is owned by the CRA, so the nightmare is not only financial, but also bureaucratic. Huizar says he's scrambling for a solution and should have news soon.
· Two Skid Row Parks at Risk of Closing [DN]