The proposed parklet at the former Fire Station 84 site has already been the subject of the most extensive community outreach program ever undertaken for a project of this scope and scale.
Today, I am asking the community to pitch in once again, and help us name the park.
Last year, I conducted an extensive outreach effort to determine the future of the former Fire Station 84 site at the corner of Canoga Avenue and Costanso Street.
Hundreds of people gave feedback, both from mailed and online surveys as well as in person. Dozens of community volunteers joined the me and my and staff for a series of neighborhood canvasses that involved door knocking and tabling at a local grocery store.
There was overwhelming support to convert the property into a small park or “parklet”.
Following this important community decision, I hosted a design charrette to allow the community to work collaboratively with the City to mold and shape the plans for the future park and to hear and address issues and concerns.
Now, with the design stage well under way and a Draft EIR completed, it is time to choose a name.
Names for park are approved by the City's Board of Recreation and Parks which is comprised of volunteer commissioners. In general, the Department prefers names that are geographically based. In order for the Board to approve naming a park after a person, there must be a demonstrable nexus between the park and the person. No park may be named after a living person.
Submissions accepted through August 15, 2014.