Councilmember José Huizar and The Department of Recreation and Parks celebrated the re-opening of Hollenbeck Park’s completely redesigned playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
The $400,000 renovated playground features a kid-safe rubber surface, a specially designed three-dimensional climbing apparatus, a “mommy-and-me” swing for toddlers, play equipment for various ages including “lake-themed” equipment to complement the park’s man-made lake.
Located in Boyle Heights, the 18.3 acre Hollenbeck Park provides a play area, community center, skate park, and a lake that serves nearly 14,000 residents living within a one-half mile walking distance of the historic park.
The completed playground is the first phase of approximately $3.1 million in additional improvements to come to Hollenbeck Park. The larger-scope revitalization project includes a renovation of the existing band shell, restrooms and boathouse, along with improvements to the lake perimeter, landscape and irrigation infrastructure, as well as installation of new site amenities that will bring additional programming and services back to the park. A fully renovated playground was the top request from the community based Hollenbeck Park Advisory Board and Huizar worked with Recreation and Parks to prioritize its construction, along with the other improvements.
“While Boyle Heights has some of the oldest infrastructure in the City of Los Angeles, we’ve been successful in bringing billions of dollars of improvements to the community,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Here at historic Hollenbeck Park, this completely renovated playground, along with the bandstand, restroom and boathouse renovations and lake repairs, is one of many improvements to come.”
"The Department of Recreation and Parks is excited to be re-opening the playground for the youth in this Boyle Heights community," said Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks. "It is a top priority for the Department to improve our parks, especially in communities that lack sufficient green spaces, and we look forward to the completion of the full park improvements at this facility."