Monday, June 14, 2010

Historic Ground-Breaking for Ascot Hills Park

Ascot Hills Park Ground-Breaking

Today was a historic day for El Sereno-Hillside Village residents. We broke ground on what will be about 100 acres of open-space at Ascot Hills Park. When completed, this park will be one of the largest in the entire city and allow families from the eastside to enjoy a completely natural setting in the middle of the city. My office worked with our partners at Rec and Parks, Bureau of Engineering, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and, most importantly, the El Sereno-Hillside Village community to begin Phase II construction today. The $3.3 million Phase II project will cover 53 acres and include an outdoor amphitheatre, new hiking trails, stream restoration, new native plantings, irrigation and fire safety improvements and additional parking. This massive preservation effort, along with our decision to purchase and protect land on Elephant Hill and our Northeast Hillside ordinance, which protects hillsides from overdevelopment, ensures that the beautiful, rolling hills that are this area's most striking feature, will be around for decades to come. Thanks to all who made this day possible and hope to see you all at the grand opening early next year!