Thousands of overjoyed children, families and seniors joined Councilman Curren Price, Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Department of Recreation and Parks and Bureau of Engineering on April 27 to celebrate the renaissance and nearly $8 million makeover of South Park Recreation Center. The facelift coincides with the park’s 120-year anniversary, making it one of the oldest and most historic parks in the City of Los Angeles.
Councilman Price hosted the grand reopening Saturday with a deluge of family-friendly activities, including Lucha Libre wrestlers, Krump legend and battle zone creator “Tommy the Clown,” an egg hunt, dunk tank and jumpers and inflatables. The two-day celebration culminated on Sunday, April 28 with a gospel-inspired Community Concert.
“Today is a new day for South Park and it brings me so much joy to celebrate this park’s rebirth!” Councilman Price said. “A new chapter begins for South Park right here, right now. A lot of time, money and love has been invested in South Park but we’re not done yet. I’m a firm believer that parks do make lives better and our community is worthy of more.”
In 2015, the 19-acre park began a major, multiphase renovation that included a new synthetic soccer field. Then in 2018, the eastern portion was closed for one year to continue to upgrade and modernize the aging park. The ribbon cutting debut the latest construction that includes: restoration of the iconic Palm Walkway with new walkways and decorative paving, picnic tables, benches and game tables, outdoor fitness equipment, relocated basketball courts with lighting, synthetic turf play area, renovated bandshell, a new playground, security lighting and more.
“The revival of South Park as an urban oasis is an illustrative example of the City’s collective responsibility to restore and maintain historic sites, as well as provide support to communities through modern infrastructure, engaging programming and inclusive recreational spaces for youth, families and seniors,” said Recreation and Parks General Manager Michael Shull. “The park’s grand opening and the celebration of 120 years of history was remarkable and an excellent way to re-introduce the park to the 21,500 residents that live within half a mile of its location.”
Future renovations at the 19-acre park include recreation center facade improvements, a practice football field, and upgrades to the softball/t-ball field.
Since taking Office in 2013, Councilman Price has ushered in more than $40 million in upgrades and renovations across recreation centers and parks in Council District 9. Some of the completed projects include: modern play equipment, outdoor exercise stations, renovated baseball fields, resurfaced basketball courts, green alleys, a skate plaza, as well as the addition of brand new parks.
In an effort to make neighborhoods safer, Councilmember Curren Price welcomed 10 specifically trained LAPD officers on April 15 who will be working with local residents to reduce violent crime in the South Park area. The new Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program aims to build trust between residents and law enforcement by developing sports, recreational and other community programming.
“My Office constantly hears that South Park continues to be unsafe and dangerous,” said Councilmember Price. “With the help of this community-driven program, we will transform South Park into a safe haven that will allow our families to build memories; our children to run freely; and the community to gather during the day and night.”
One of the main facets of the program is incorporating FREE community and youth programs, which are expected to begin as early as the fall. Some of the programs that have been implemented as a result of other CSPs are: youth football, Girl and Boy Scouts troops, employment training, medical services and educational programs, to name a few.
The community-based policing program includes a substation at South Park, which will be overseen by Sgt. Ronald Kingi.
“My passion is to truly help this community thrive because I don’t believe in the saying, ‘Well, this is just the way things are,’” Sgt. Kingi said. “My family is from this neighborhood, and I was brought up in a similar community so I understand and share those same frustrations. I am committed to meet the community where they are, build long term positive relationships and work together in expecting more out of life for a better future.”
The CSP program originated in 2011 at public housing communities to help curb violence. The South Park CSP was made possible thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Ballmer Group for the next three years.
“CSP has a proven track record of shifting the dynamics between law enforcement and community residents—resulting in a greater level of trust, and a decrease in crime,” said Nina Revoyr, Executive Director-Los Angeles, Ballmer Group. “At a moment when South LA is experiencing an uptick in violence, it is especially important that the community and LAPD work together.”
Councilman Curren Price said he is committed to identifying and securing funding sources for subsequent years. All community and youth programs will be FREE to local families.
Relive the excitement from the launch of the South Park CSP program by clicking on the image below.
On April 11, Councilman Curren Price celebrated alongside the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and LA Family Housing (LAFH) the groundbreaking of Residences on Main, a development which will provide 50 units of affordable supportive housing for chronically homeless Transition Age Youth and families experiencing homelessness.
“The Residences on Main demonstrates our collective commitment to help our most vulnerable Angelenos,” Councilman Price said. “It is a symbol of hope, opportunity and new beginnings that will not only provide a roof for formerly homeless young people and families, but it gives them a lifeline and a hand up.”
Centrally located near commercial shops and multiple transit options, Residences on Main is designed to stabilize and integrate families into the surrounding community. Communal areas, including community rooms, a toddler play space, and computer lab, will offer opportunities to connect with neighbors and family members. The design also includes a central courtyard and community garden to provide green space for rest and play.
CRCD will provide on-site case management to promote economic self-sufficiency, among other supportive services. “This development will take what was once a ‘problem property,’ condemned by the City Attorney’s Office, and replace it with an enhancement to the community,” added CRCD President and CEO Mark Wilson.
To date, Councilman Price has authorized the construction of hundreds of permanent supportive housing units such as the Residences on Main in his District because he recognizes the colossal need and great sense of urgency.
ICYMI: LA This Week coverage of the Residences on Main groundbreaking. Please click on the image below.
Over the past year, the CD 9 Mobile Pit Stop has been providing a clean, safe and secure place for our homeless community to use the restroom and wash their hands, helping to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A. As part of continuous efforts to support Los Angeles' most vulnerable population, the program expanded this week with the addition of a second facility in District 9 along Broadway.
"With the growing number of Hepatitis A cases, it is of the utmost importance for the City of Los Angeles and my District to develop immediate solutions to alleviate some of the stresses our homeless Angelenos are facing day in and day out," said Councilman Curren Price.
Since the inception of the 38th Street and Grand Avenue location, there have been an average of 950 visits a month, with this past year resulting in more than 11,000 uses of the facility. With a full time attendant on duty, homeless individuals are able to utilize the toilet, wash their hands and obtain hygiene kits. Each hygiene kit includes a toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant wipes, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, a nail file and feminine hygiene products for the ladies. They are also provided with pet waste disposal bags, small and large trash bags.
For information about other local efforts to help homeless individuals and families, please call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price announced on March 28 the official dates of the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival with the unveiling of the 2019 poster contest winning entry. The FREE community event will return to historic Central Avenue, between Vernon Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, on July 27-28 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hosted by Councilmember Price, the summer festival features live jazz performances from world-class musicians and emerging artists on three stages; in addition to the famed Dunbar Hotel, which was popular with jazz legends from the 1930s to the 60s. The outdoor event also includes interactive pavilions, providing everything from free medical screenings, live art demonstrations, information on jobs and other family-friendly activities.
“The Central Avenue Jazz Festival is a celebration of the history, rise and future of jazz,” Price said. “It is the City’s gift to music lovers of all backgrounds and from all corners of the world.
“This year, we launched an inaugural poster contest to infuse greater energy and excitement into the festival. I can’t wait for the public to see the winning artwork, which captures the heart and essence of the jazz experience in District 9.”
For the first time, Councilman Price held an art contest open to the public to design the Central Avenue Jazz Festival poster. The competition drew entries from all over Southern California. The winning submission, entitled “Giant Steps,” comes from a local artist, LP Ǽkili Ross.
In the artwork, an African-American man is seen playing his saxophone while walking past the landmark Dunbar Hotel. According to Ross, he wanted to demonstrate the past and present moving together as the young musician draws inspiration from historical predecessors that descended onto Central Avenue and played at the venue before him. His design will be featured in all 2019 Central Avenue Jazz Festival marketing materials, including banners, t-shirts and much more.
“Los Angeles is a City defined by extraordinary talent,” Ross said. “I sought to create a special piece, which resonates with the community of Central Avenue while highlighting the continuation of a legacy built so long ago.”
For more information on the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, including forms for sponsors, vendors or volunteers, please visit www.centralavejazzfest.com. Talent for this year’s jazz festival is scheduled to be released in May.
The Automobile Club of Southern California is expanding their footprint in CD 9, and they’re looking for great individuals to join their team. Councilmember Curren Price is partnering with the organization to organize a Career Fair on April 2 at his District Office. Please see the flier below or call the Business Resource Center (BRC) at (323) 846-2651 and ask for Mike Castillo for more details.
Pass the information along to anyone who might benefit.
South LA friends and neighbors gathered March 15 to be the first to try a new fitness zone at Green Meadows Recreation Center. The easy-to-use outdoor gym includes a chest press, tricep press, leg press, vertical press (calf raises and arm extensions) and an arm curl.
The $50,000 investment, spearheaded by Councilmember Curren Price, is part of an effort to make fitness fun and affordable!
"Parks offer the perfect opportunity for friends and families to exercise,” said Councilman Price. “The fitness station at Green Meadows is a great addition to the neighborhood.”
Since Councilman Price came into Office in 2013, more than $40 million has been invested across parks in Council District 9.
Relive the excitement from Green Meadows's Ribbon Cutting by clicking on the image below.
More than a dozen local business owners attended March 14 a FREE workshop that went over the 2018 federal tax law changes. The event, organized by Councilman Curren Price under his Business Resource Center (BRC), included a refresher on services offered by the City of Los Angeles Department of Finance.
The next Business 101 workshop will delve into the topic of how to grow your business. This session is scheduled for April 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Councilman Price’s District Office (4301 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles 90011). Please RSVP with Mike Castillo at Mike.Castillo@lacity.org. For more information on future events organized by the BRC, please call (323) 846-2651.
¡Estos son talleres completamente GRATUITOS para empresas en el Distrito 9!
Los talleres en inglés serán el segundo jueves del mes.
Los talleres en español serán el tercer jueves del mes.
Confirmase con Mike Castillo por correo electrónico a Mike.Castillo@lacity.org
Tangelia Myles, a human trafficking survivor and advocate for victims, was the 2019 “Pioneer Woman of the Year” for District 9. On March 8, Tangelia was one of 15 women honored by Los Angeles City Councilmembers on International Women's Day.
She is a California native, born and raised in the Ninth District. As a minor, she bounced around from foster home to foster home. From the ages of 18 to 22, her trafficker moved her across the United States to Las Vegas and New York.
She not only helps survivors of sex trafficking, she is also a tireless advocate for foster children and the homeless. Tangelia's inspirational story of triumph over adversity, as well as her courage and strength to rebuild her life, make her this year's CD 9 Pioneer Woman!
"Being chosen as a pioneer woman for my work in human trafficking is affirmation that I have truly turned my pain into purpose," Tangelia Myles said.
Ascot Avenue Elementary School parents and loved ones will have greater peace of mind over their children’s safety with the launch of a curbside valet program coming March 18.
Councilman Curren Price’s Field Staff joined Safe Routes to School (SRTS) partners and community members on March 5 as part of a training for the new service. This initiative, spearheaded by parent volunteers, school administration and LAUSD School Police, will allow boys and girls to be safely dropped off and picked up from school without the need for parking. Neighbors should be conscious of this new program when driving around the neighborhood.
The valet program, along with loading signs and other precautionary measures, are all part of SRTS—a national and LADOT program charged with implementing improvements to ensure children have a safe path to campus.
To ensure the safety of children at Ascot Elementary, drivers should follow these simple rules as the new program is rolled out:
- Follow the instructions of the Valet crew.
- Do not park within 10 feet of the orange coned area.
- Pull all the way forward to the volunteer with the STOP sign (unloading zone) before allowing children to exit the car.
- Allow the adult Valet to assist children from the car. Drivers do not need to exit their vehicles.
- Children should gather their books, backpacks, jackets, lunch and/or any personal belongings prior to reaching the Valet Zone so they are ready to immediately exit the car.
- Before exiting the Valet area, drivers should wait for a signal from the Valet Volunteer to ensure children are safely out of the way.