Plenty of ideas presented for Angel’s Gate Park

first_imgJuli Wolfgram, chairwoman of the master plan steering committee, gave a brief history of the park and explained the planning process. She noted that master plans have been attempted before but failed to be adopted or implemented. “It is my full intent to make sure we move forward,” Wolfgram said of the current planning. The first presentation was by Kimberly Foley of Peninsula Dog Parks, Inc., which is looking for a new home for its off-leash dog park. She suggested that Joan Milke Flores Park, located within Angel’s Gate, would be a great spot, particularly due to its ample space, shade and parking. Bob Armstrong of the Angel’s Gate Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club and Bill Costly of the Belmont Shores Model Railroad Club talked about the history of their respective organizations, which are housed at the park. Both said they have members of all ages and help the community by building or fixing models and teaching kids about railroad safety. Eric Lokke advocated for an ecology, music and history center. He suggested locating the proposed LAUSD high school at Angel’s Gate instead of at the old Navy housing site and said it could make use of the park’s existing programs and buildings. Recreational facilities were the focus of a presentation by Bruce Horton, the chairman of the recreation and parks committee for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. He said surveys suggest that students want a skateboard or bike facility, as well as a public pool. Horton also said horseshoe pits, shuffleboard and lawn bowling would draw large crowds to the park. Aekyong “Aggie” Slator proposed a Palace of the Seven Gardens, a public facility with gardens, cuisine, entertainment and events from southeast Asian countries. Slator suggested the palace would be a place to renew the mind, body and spirit, as well as experience different cultures. Cindi Alvitre discussed the idea of a boat house project for ti’atem, plank canoes used by the Tongva community. Alvitre said it would honor the area’s original inhabitants, as well as educate future generations. The project would include a building area, a performance and classroom space, and community outreach. Last to present was Nathan Birnbaum, the executive director of Angel’s Gate Cultural Center. He suggested creating a non-profit center at the park, to include all the organizations and clubs. He said this would help streamline fundraising and marketing and ultimately bring in more users and funding. There is one more public forum on Sept. 29, after which the steering committee will review suggestions and submit a recommendation to the city. Wolfgram said the goal is to have the recommendation in by the end of 2007. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER There is no shortage of ideas about what to do with Angel’s Gate Park, now in the middle of a master planning process to determine its future. On Sept. 8, a public forum was held to allow organizations and residents to share their visions for the park. Seven presenters revealed their plans or hopes, and attendees learned more about the next phase of planning. last_img

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