Pocket Park Proposed for Lamanda Park Library

Published : Monday, October 1, 2018 | 7:46 AM

The City of Department of Public Works will report on the progress of a plan to create a pocket park near the Lamanda Park Library at 140 S. Altadena Drive at the Recreation and Parks Commission meeting on Tuesday.

In a memorandum for the Commission, Public Works Administrator Charles Peretz said a community meeting about the Lamanda Park Library Pocket Park project was held on September 20 and attended by about 40 people, representing both library patrons and neighborhood residents.

The meeting was held to receive preliminary input on the concept of a pocket park at the site, which in 2015 was suggested as a potential pocket park location. The site is within an identified underserved area where the nearest neighborhood park is more than a half mile away. In 2016, the City Council designated the area, particularly the eastern portion of the grounds, as a pocket park location, to be funded as a Capital Improvement Program initiative.

Initial funding for planning and design of the pocket park was appropriated last year.

Peretz said the project was well-received during the community meeting on September 20, and that his department is preparing to continue development of the design concept for the proposed pocket park.

At the meeting which included City Councilmember Gene Masuda, Recreation and Parks Commission Chair Aaron Milam, City Librarian Michelle Perrera, and representatives from the Human Services and Recreation and Pasadena Police Department, many comments were received about the general design, the park’s connection to the library, play zones and equipment needed, site amenities, environmental and safety and security concerns about the park.

Once the project is approved at the City Council level, the Public Works Department will start design development and the process of obtaining a Conditional Use Permit for the site, and will prepare working drawings.

The Department said most of these activities should occupy the remainder of fiscal year 2019.

According to the Pasadena Public Library webpage, the first Lamanda Park Branch library opened in 1922, in a small room in Emerson School. Continued growth of the branch necessitated another move on July 5, 1923, this time to larger, rented quarters on the second floor of a store building at 2614 E. Colorado Boulevard. A permanent home was established for the branch when the building that had formerly housed the Central Library Boys’ and Girls’ Department was relocated from Memorial Park to 2520 Morningside Street.

On August 5, 1927, the branch, in its newly-redecorated and refurbished quarters, officially opened its doors to an enthusiastic crowd of 650 people. This was demolished in the 1960s.

The current library building was completed on October 14, 1967 and is 6,200 square feet.

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