In 2015, construction was completed on the new Lanark Skate Plaza in Canoga Park. Skateboard legend Tony Hawk and members of the Birdhouse Skateboards team joined Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and City leaders in Canoga Park to help the community inaugurate the brand new 14,000 sq. ft. street plaza style skatepark set among old-growth trees at Lanark Recreation Center.
Blumenfield joined the world-famous skateboarder, the Birdhouse Team, and local youth, hopping onto his own vintage skateboard to try out the new park.
“This is a great resource for the community,” said Blumenfield. “Growing up, I loved to skateboard, but we didn’t have anything like this. The Lanark Skate Plaza will be a great place for our kids to stay active, learn a sport, and do it in a way that is safe and fun.”
Lanark Recreation Center was identified as a potential skate park site by the Department of Recreation and Parks in 2008. Upon election to the City Council, in 2013 Blumenfield worked with Recreation and Parks to make this a priority project for the West Valley. The new skate plaza, designed by New Line Skateparks and built by California Skateparks, was partially funded by a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.
Above: Tony Hawk joins Blumenfield to inaugurate the Lanark Skate Plaza. Skateboard riders now have a 14,000 sq. ft. street plaza style skatepark at Lanark Recreation Center, on June 19, 2015 (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)
To bridge the gap between the San Fernando Valley and City Hall, Blumenfield hosted a pair of events designed to bring City government to Canoga Park.
In one of her first public meetings as head of the nation’s largest public utility, Blumenfield welcomed Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) General Manager Marcie Edwards to a Canoga Park Town Hall.
The forum was an important opportunity for Valley residents to meet, ask questions, and hear directly from DWP top brass.
Blumenfield was also proud to host the Los Angeles Police Commission and Chief Charlie Beck in the Valley at A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School to hear directly from Valley residents about public safety issues affecting our communities.
The Commission also used the forum as part of a citywide effort to solicit community input as Chief Beck sought a second term leading the LAPD.
The Orange Line is without a doubt the most important single piece of public transit infrastructure in the West Valley. Today, carrying thousands of riders to and from work, school and recreation, the Orange Line is at capacity.
In 2005, when Blumenfield helped deliver funds for the Orange Line as District Chief of Staff to Congressman Howard Berman, experts expected 12,000 daily boardings with headway every 8 minutes. Today, service is every 4 minutes with 30,000 daily boardings.
Also, Blumenfield successfully insisted that Measure M not only include funding for Orange Line upgrades including, eventually, conversion to light rail, but he made sure that grade separation to improve speed for the bus and surrounding traffic would begin in 2019.
And Blumenfield is working with Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds to study ways the City can make improvements right away, including safely increasing speeds along the route.
Public works crews were hard at work performing badly needed tree trimming in Canoga Park. This photo, taken on the 7900 block of Cozycroft Ave. in Canoga Park shows an example.
Blumenfield directed additional funds towards tree trimming following community input collected as part of his annual budget survey.
Canoga Park (known as Owensmouth until 1930) is a bedroom community in the Southwest San Fernando Valley. It started as an agricultural area and grew rapidly into a thriving town. In 2005, Canoga Park was awarded the "All-America City Award" from the National Civic League, the first time a City of Los Angeles community has earned this distinction. Canoga Park is often referred to as "an oasis in the Valley."
Today, Canoga Park is a thriving town with art and antique shops and great eateries such as Pastries by Edie and the renowned Follow Your Heart Natural Foods Market and Cafe. A small town delight is Henri's Restaurant which is also home to "The Back Room at Henri's," a destination for live comedy performances. There are two dedicated live-performance theaters located in the heart of Canoga Park--Clyde Porter's West Valley Playhouse on Owensmouth Avenue and the Madrid Theater along Sherman Way. Long-time Valley residents will also know Canoga Park for the Green Thumb Nursery, a Canoga Park mainstay since 1946.
Canoga Park is also home to the Canoga/Owensmouth Historical Society.
Canoga Park hosts four annual events: the St. Patrick's Day Community March and Celebration, the Memorial Day Parade, Clyde Porter Arts Day in October and Día de los Muertos Street Festival in November.
Canoga Park is bounded by Roscoe Blvd. to the North Shoup Ave. to the West, Vanowen St. to the South, and De Soto Ave. to the East.
Canoga Park Neighborhood Council
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