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Skid Row Parks To Stay Open – City and Nonprofit to Split Operating Duties

On behalf of the Skid Row community, we say “Thank You” to the City of Los Angeles for all of your collective last-minute efforts to keep our parks open!!!

Thank you City Councilmember Jose Huizar and staff as well!!!

SKid Row Parksby Michael Blaze

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – With the specter of closing two days away, a pair of Skid Row parks will now remain open under a new funding and operations plan.

Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar has allocated $50,000 in discretionary funds to pay for operations at San Julian Park, which is owned by the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency, Huizar spokesman Rick Coca said.

Additionally, the city Department of Recreation and Parks will take over maintenance and operations of Gladys Park. Both sites have been operated by the nonprofit SRO Housing Corp. since 1988 through a contract with the CRA.

Armed with the $50,000 in city funds, SRO will continue to operate San Julian Park until city officials can establish a long-term solution.

Recreation and Parks can simply take over Gladys Park because the facility at Sixth Street and Gladys Avenue is city-owned. The department is using existing resources and staff to operate Gladys Park, Coca said.

Because San Julian Park is owned by the CRA, the city does not have the authority to access it.

Going forward, city officials plan to work on a deal to have San Julian Park, and several other CRA-owned park-type lands, transferred to the city. Since redevelopment agencies were dissolved by the state last year, the CRA successor entity has required state approval for all decisions related to its hundreds of properties.

The law that killed redevelopment agencies allowed some types of public-interest assets, such as parks, to be transferred to local municipalities.

The CRA successor agency has already identified San Julian as one of those candidates for transfer to the city, but the state Department of Finance has yet to consider the recommendation. It is not slated to take up the proposed transfer until April 1.

We now look forward to more “community partnerships” in the very near future as we continue our efforts to improve the Skid Row community which in turn also improves the overall Downtown community!!!!

#GoDTLAGo!!!!! #VisitSkidRow

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