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City Seeks Community Input on Future Site Design Improvements of William S. Hart Park

Post Date:January 14, 2020 5:50 PM

Hart ParkThe City of West Hollywood is deeply invested in community engagement and as part of continuous efforts to increase community participation in neighborhood improvements, the City invites community members to take part in shaping the future of site improvements coming to the William S. Hart Park. Community members will be asked to share ideas about improving pedestrian and vehicular accessibility into the park as well as discuss possible upgrades to existing park amenities.

Beginning in early 2020, a variety of community outreach events will be held at various locations in West Hollywood including Hart Park, West Hollywood Park, and Plummer Park. A landscape architect will be present at the first community pop-up which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hart Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue. A full list of outreach events and more information about Hart Park can be found on the City’s website at www.weho.org/hartpark

There will also be a series of facilitated community meetings where the City’s selected landscape architect will present renderings and drawings that represent how the park may look based on feedback and consideration of the community’s comments and ideas. The final concepts will be presented for approval to the West Hollywood City Council at a regular scheduled meeting in mid-2020.  These pop-ups and community engagement events will provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about Hart Park, share ideas and comments to improve the park, and meet City staff and other community members who are interested in shaping the future of Hart Park.

The voices of community members will lead to feedback that will inform an improved design outcome. The community engagement process provides everyone in the community with opportunities to respectfully participate in the decision-making process, express opinions about the park’s qualities and benefits, and generate ideas early in the design process.

The primary focus of the improvements is to provide access to the park for all park patrons by updating existing parking and ramp locations, improving the dog park surface and amenities, and enhancing security features including lighting. The park has many amenities available to the public including a fenced-in off-leash dog area, AIDS Memorial, and water fountain. The park is surrounded by beautiful trees and landscaping. There is also an historic house and a theater used and operated by The Actors Studio. Improvements and upgrades to the existing buildings will be performed in a separate phase of work. The City of Los Angeles owns the property, but its grounds and structures are long-term leased and maintained by the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Project Manager, Christina Sarkees, at (323) 848-6571, or csarkees@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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