Robert Burns Park, at the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, will be closed for the next week while workers from the Bureau of Engineering of the City of Los Angeles complete the final phase of an overall project to renovate the park facilities.
Bulldozers rolled in early Monday morning to begin demolition of the park’s original cement walking paths. Those paths will be replaced with fresh concrete; the hardscape should be completed by Friday and access to the play equipment will be opened up. Earlier work included the construction of a new picnic area – complete with new hardscape and a metal, ventilated roof to provide shade.
The total project was budgeted for $150,000 and is being paid for with Proposition K Funds. The passage of Prop K by the City of Los Angeles voters in 1996 created a citywide assessment district which generates twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) each year in funds for the acquisition, improvement, construction, and maintenance of City parks, recreation facilities, and other projects through an annual real property tax assessment on City residents over a 30-year period. Funding is for capitol improvements and maintenance.
A public ribbon cutting is planned for Tuesday, June 17 at 8:30am and will be hosted by CD4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Bureau of Engineering.