Councilmember Finishes Renovations on Final Library in District
Councilmember Bernard C.Â Parks
Councilmember Bernard C. Parks recently re-opened the Angeles Mesa Branch Library in the Crenshaw neighborhood of the Eighth Council District. The library is a branch library of the Los Angeles Public Library system and was built between 1928 and 1929 based on a design by architect Royal Dana.
The re-opening of Angeles Mesa Library completes a series of major renovations and upgrades to a majority of the libraries in the Eighth District. John Muir, Hyde Park – Miriam Matthews, and Mark Twain Branch Libraries are among those that have been upgraded within the last several years along with the newly completed, 14,500-square-foot Exposition Park – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch.
“The re-opening of the Angeles Mesa Library is of particular significance because it indicates a commitment to the community. Angeles Mesa provides more than just a library to the community, it provides a place where neighborhood meetings can be held, it gives the public access to free computers and free WiFi for research or job hunting,” Councilmember Bernard C. Parks said. While addressing a group of elementary students attending the re-opening, Councilmember Parks added “It is my hope that each and every one of you sign up for a library card today and pledge yourselves to a lifetime of reading, if you do that, the rewards will be beyond your wildest imagination!”
The renovations to Angeles Mesa Branch Library took nearly six weeks. The renovations include a dual purpose meeting room, the addition of 14 new computer stations, an updated reference desk, new paint and new furniture. The main doorway to the library received some much-needed attention as nearly 15 years worth of grime and dirt were removed exposing the long-forgotten beauty of the original wooden doors. The updates totaled $250,000 and were paid for by the sale of surplus city property.
Libraries are not the only Eighth district amenities that have recently been upgraded, renovated or opened to the community. Over the years Councilmember Parks has spearheaded such community projects like the new synthetic sports field at Crenshaw High School. In the coming months, Councilmember Parks will announce the re-opening of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The improvements to the park include new playground equipment and also new basketball and tennis courts. In October, the Councilmember dedicated the Soboroff Sports Field at Expo Park. The new sports field features synthetic turf that will accommodate a variety of field sports and recreational activities year round. The field can be used for football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and hockey.
Along with parks and libraries, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks is working hard to increase the quality of life for the residents of the Eighth District. Along the Western Avenue corridor, Councilmember Parks will be expanding a dialysis and healthcare center. The Councilmember recently broke ground on a 15,000-square-foot South Los Angeles medical office that is expected to open in 2011 on the southeast corner of West Manchester and South Denker avenues. This center will serve 80,000 South Los Angeles residents who are members of Kaiser’s healthcare plan.