The improvements to Poinsettia Park continue to take place at a healthy pace. More than one million dollars worth of upgrades are being performed, and everything should be completed by early spring.
The new outdoor basketball courts are now complete:
And work has begun on the brand-new Community Room, which will be attached to the gymnasium building:
Meanwhile, a few blocks north in the City of West Hollywood, the long-planned improvements to Plummer Park have been temporarily put on hold, as reported by Wehonews.com.
West Hollywood was planning on breaking ground in January on an extensive renovation of Plummer Park, with a budget of $41 million. (That’s an amount that few cities are able to spend on a park these days.) West Hollywood has been planning these upgrades for 10 years, and has held numerous community meetings to discuss the plan and get feedback from residents. As part of the plan, underground parking will be constructed, to meet the requests of community members for both more parking and more green space.
So, what happened? Apparently, a few park users who had never paid any attention to the plans – and had never gone to any community meetings – suddenly realized that changes were coming to the park, and they immediately freaked out. Now, they are pointing fingers at city officials, and yelling and screaming that nothing can ever be improved. They even held an “Occupy Plummer Park” day last Sunday. Because complaining about improvements to a neighborhood park is really just like protesting financial scandals and Wall Street excesses….
It’s a classic case of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) as well as its sister complex, BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone).
We thought that we had some whiners in Melrose Village. But it appears that the Whiners of West Hollywood take the prize!