A piece of land in Valley Glen is enjoying a “rebirth” – Daily News

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  • A man walks a dog during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Exercise equipment at the new Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen on Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A man relaxes on a bench during a groundbreaking ceremony for Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG )

  • A drawing of the new park on display at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rhodes Avenue park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dignitaries cut the ribbon during a ceremony for the new city of Los Angeles Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • California Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian speaks as Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian looks on during a groundbreaking ceremony for Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • California Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • People socialize during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the City of Los Angeles’ new Rhodes Avenue Park in Valley Glen, Friday, April 8, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

It was virtually abandoned decades ago – an empty field cut off from a larger park by the northern extension of the Hollywood Freeway (170).

And over the years, this patch of land has been, as officials call it, “a nearly featureless strip of grass, with no facilities.”

On Friday April 8, authorities named it Rhodes Avenue Park – a “rebirth” of new park space in Valley Glen in a city that needs it.

A ribbon-cutting to publicly introduce the park and celebrate Phase I of its improvements included local officials such as Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian and Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, who represent the area.

The first phase of improvements included a smart irrigation system, new grass and grading, trees, a walking path, hydration and fitness stations.

Officials said the park was built with funding secured by Krekorian as chairman of the city’s budget and finance committee and with funds from Prop. 68 of the State, guaranteed by Nazarian.

The so-called QUIMBY funds – funds collected by the city from developers – are planned to finance the next phase of construction. This phase will include security lighting and fencing, plus landscaping and irrigation.

The park is located at 6636 Rhodes Ave., Valley Glen.

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