LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo confirmed today that part of Lake Lake in MacArthur Park, home to about 200 homeless people, will be temporarily closed Oct. 15 for “much-needed delayed maintenance.”
On the south side of the park, between Alvarado and Park View Road and Wilshire Boulevard and Seventh Street, will be closed for 10 weeks on October 15 at 10pm. People living there are being sheltered by a team from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). According to Sidillo’s office, and people helping the homeless, it said about 164 people had already been evacuated as of Wednesday. The outreach began in January, Cedillo’s office said.
Residents are proposing to install Project Rumki in hotels and motels in the mid-down area, said Jose Rodriguez, Cidillo’s deputy district director. He added that people living in the park will not be deterred from relocating across the park, north of Wilshire, during the south closure, and the city will continue to collect outreach and trash to those residents.
The move to close the park sparked criticism from housing advocates on Twitter, comparing it to the expected closure of Echo Park in March. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who oversaw the operation, called it a successful housing operation.
On Sept. 2, KNX-1070’s Claudia Peschuta shared information from Lhasa on Twitter showing that only four residents of Echo Park have been placed in permanent housing. In response to that information, O’Farrell said his team worked to keep Eco Park residents in transitional housing and “it’s the role of the LHSA and their contracted service providers to get it from there.”
In March, protesters in the Echo Park neighborhood blew up the city to evacuate park residents from what they called a supportive community – including a vegetable garden, work fountain and a shared kitchen. In response to the protests, hundreds of officers descended on the neighborhood and 182 people were arrested.
Journalists, including James Quiali of the Los Angeles Times, were briefly detained.
Tom Bellino, a board member of MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council, said Sept. 2 that council members in the Los Angeles Police Department neighborhood told him the park would be restored “just like Eco Park.”
“I won’t be standing here when there will be another‘ eco park ’here,” he said.
Sidillo’s office shared a “contrast chart” comparing the eco-park operation to the planned MacArthur Park operation. The chart notes the last-minute notice given to Echo Park residents before closing with MacArthur Park. Residents of MacArthur Park were given shelter 10 months before the park closed, and residents received 17 days’ notice before the park closed.
The chart further states that the park fence will be removed once the project is completed, while the Eco Park fence will remain with four entrances for the public.
O’Farrell responded to the charts in a statement Monday: “It is not acceptable to allow people to live and die in public parks or public spaces, which is why my team and I and many partners have worked hard for months to ensure success.”
Housing solutions and services for about 200 people living in Echo Park Lake. Others are free to compare and contrast Eco Park Lake with other locations in the city, but my focus will be on my district, my constituency, and my work for the homeless. ”
The goal of the rehabilitation project is to make the park safer and cleaner for residents of densely populated areas, many of whom have no other outdoor space, Sidillo’s office said. Maintenance of the park has been suspended for more than 1 month due to the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic.
“We want to provide a safe, clean and secure park for all the people who come to MacArthur Park who come to play, relax and enjoy this precious open space in the heart of our low-income neighborhood of Westlake,” said Cidillo.
During the shutdown, the Entertainment and Parks Department will repair and replace electrical repairs, lighting repairs, and upgrades, landscape retreading, painting, irrigation repairs and upgrades, signage replacement, and park furniture.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times