Glendale approves mini-park plan, upgrades at other sites

Several park projects got approval from the City Council this week, including the design of a new park and contracts for security enhancements at two other open spaces.

The council approved site plans for the half-acre Maryland Avenue Park, which is in one of Glendale’s densest neighborhoods. The park is set to include a strawberry-themed tot lot, workout equipment, a faux rock wall and other amenities.

The $1.7-million project at 812 S. Maryland Ave. will be paid for using state grants. Construction is scheduled to run from October to April, according to a city report.

Black security gates at Brand and Carr parks also were approved by the City Council on Tuesday, with those projects set to be complete by the end of the year.

Several years ago, angry residents complained about safety issues at the parks, prompting city officials to beef up security. This week, the council approved about $388,000 for security enhancements at Carr Park, 1615 E. Colorado St., and roughly $131,000 for those at Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St.

Council members said there were gang and drug-dealing issues at Carr Park that they hoped the new gates would curb.

“This is a problem park for us,” said Councilman Ara Najarian.

The parks are set to open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily once the work is completed, Community Services and Parks Director Jess Duran said.


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