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County Awards Monrovia $250,000 Grant For Julian Fisher Park Improvements

A grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District will help fund improvements to the park on California Avenue.

Monrovia has been awarded a $250,000 county grant for improvements to Julian Fisher Park, Councilwoman Becky Shevlin said.

The grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District will be used to address a "laundry list" of potential renovations needed at the park, Shevlin said.

"It is a great start and we're going to continue to go out and find ways to fund improvements," she said.

Shevlin said the city hasn't yet determined exactly what improvements to make. The City Council recently discussed the need for new playground equipment at the park, which Shevlin said could cost $350,000.

Renovations to the park have been on the city's list of open space priorities for years.

Heather S. February 05, 2013 at 12:33 AM
This is GREAT! We need to make improvements to the public spaces in Monrovia.
Dan Crandell February 05, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Way to go Monrovia. Julian Fisher is in need of upgrades and WE are now on track to do something positive. This has been a long time coming. Good job Ms. Shevlin.
c l doe February 05, 2013 at 12:59 AM
the money should be used to teach children how to fix parks,
R. Ray Morford February 05, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Thanks Ms. Shevlin
Becky Shevlin February 05, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Thanks Dan -- and we need to send a big "Thank You" to L A County Supervisor Michael Antonovich who granted the funds.
punkster February 05, 2013 at 01:33 AM
THIS US WONDERFUL ..... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF MS SHEVLIN HAD LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW THE GRANT HAD BEEN APPLIED FOR WHEN SO MANY WERE EXPRESSING CONCERN ABOUT THIS PARK'S IMPROVEMENTS THE OTHER NIGHT AT THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THANK YOU
Dan Crandell February 05, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Ms. Shevil ... Yes I agree ... Thank You Mr. Antonovich for doing the right thing for one of the finest All American towns in your district. Thanks again for going for the money Becky
Stephanie L February 05, 2013 at 02:10 AM
This is GREAT news! Any word on when we can expect some sort of start to the improvements? Hopefully before summer. Thank you!!
Dan Crandell February 05, 2013 at 02:45 AM
I drive past that park many times a week. When I see 15-20 young people shooting hoops it makes the investment so worth while. We are in need of a neighborhood park in my area. I have some ideas to discuss with you guys at city hall.
Becky Shevlin February 05, 2013 at 02:49 AM
We just learned of the award late Friday afternoon and do not yet have a a decision or a timeline on the improvements to be made. We are just excited at this point to have received same.
Robert Parry February 05, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Great news for the park! Much needed funds. But, I do think "C L Doe" has something akin to a fair point. Part of having nice things is taking care of them. All of our kids should be learning the importance of maintenance. Just today I was at Library Park's play ground with my son and saw three kids and an adult aggressively using the tire swing to the point that the whole structure was shaking and the other adults were looking at each other aghast.. That's no the way they'd treat their own expensive toys. Now, as to a method of instruction... that's a tough question.
B Ulm February 05, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Congratulations to Team Monrovia for going for this and putting in the hard work to secure the grant (these things are not easy - especially these days)!!!!
Dan Crandell February 05, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Method of instruction? BOOT to the BUTT Camp. Robert the scuttle butt is that you've thrown you hat into the political ring. We you be at the CC meeting tomorrow? If so let's talk. If we work hard we can get one of those available chairs.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 05, 2013 at 07:26 AM
Becky, thanks for your work and the work of staff in accomplishing this. When we renovat this, let's not forget that JF has been a place where teens could gather in sport. It largely fits a key demographic within the area, young men doing something productive (being physically fit) and not being destructive. Let's make sure that anything done for the betterment of the park is not done to chase them away. We haven't planned well for that group in some circumstances, and I'd hate to see them lose the foothold they have.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 05, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Request from the 16-year old grandson who occasionally plays at JF, please repave around the basketball courts. Seemingly, the pavement can cause accidents. Thanks.
KAJ February 06, 2013 at 09:03 AM
The sand has many red ants in it. I hope the first step is to get rid of those nasty pest.
jose cruz February 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Ok so 250,000 is going to a park theres like 3 parks near that one and in monrovia schools theres cutbaks, how bout we fix whats really needed and then we make the city look nice after that
c l doe February 17, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Sus palabras son rational, Sr Cruz. Por que estes gentes que ganana sus salaries do mas que $140,000 por ano no saben? no pueden ver la futura? Tal vez Sr Crandall y su amiga van a mostrar are los get qui toman tanto dinero a trabajar para este ciudad y hacen nada pero pagando la policia a hacer terror en los pobres, las damas, chicas, y chicos do Monrovia. City Hall boy Adams has some real estate in them thar hills, so do his friends. They are infect this city with fascism.
c l doe February 17, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Look up the names of the 'people' who publish monrovia weakly. then go to propertyshark.com and see how much real estate they own. then notice what a racist rag the Monrovia Weakly is. They ID traffic stop victims by RACE. But not the White ones. Just the blacks and the mexicans. Yeah, cop car #22, you almost ran an old lady down on Myrtle. And 43? You're a funny little man.
c l doe February 17, 2013 at 02:35 AM
KAJ, we can VOTE to get rid of the RED PESTs. I hate commies and I know what collectivism was, I know what a Bolshivik was. I depart this city as soon as I can. Like, next WEEK. I have seen enough to go on NPR. Gun toting thugs in tight uniforms. MPD. Shootings in Monrovia? Not in Arcadia? Figure it out, sheeple. The po-po are twsited in Monrovia. Upton Sinclair would send himself to Chicago for mercy if he knew.

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