Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo
Council District 1
200 N. Spring Street,
Rm 470 Los Angeles, CA 90012
RE: 2320 Haverhill
Case Number: ENV-2015-2354-EIR
I encourage the council office to support--by every means available to your office--the community’s work to make Walnut Canyon into a park for passive recreation.
Glassell Park is one of the most park-poor communities in Northeast Los Angeles. Currently, there is no passive recreation park in Glassell Park. Walnut Canyon would serve those who do not have easy access to passive recreation: low income residents, communities of color and those who live in higher density neighborhoods who have had inadequate park space for generations.
As a park, Walnut Canyon is one of the vital links in the chain that connects the wildlife corridors between the LA River and the Arroyo Seco. In addition, it is home to three groves of protected, old growth, black walnut trees.
Walnut Canyon will provide opportunities for hiking, nature studies and education for adults and children who currently are severely underserved, and would help bring some sense of park equity to these communities who have been passed over when taxpayer dollars for parks were spent to serve wealthier areas.