August 7, 2012 was a great day for our neighborhood.
On that day, the renovated and refurbished Poinsettia Recreation Center was officially recognized with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Los Angeles park officials, City Council member Paul Koretz, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, and LAPD Captain Eric Davis.
During the past two years, more than one million dollars worth of improvements have been made to the park. Upgrades include a new children’s play area, two upgraded baseball diamonds with new bleachers, a new jogging path that circles the park, new outdoor exercise equipment, repaved outdoor basketball courts, a new gymnasium floor, new benches and trash cans, improved lighting and pathways, renovated bathrooms, and many other improvements.
One of the most valuable additions is our brand new community room, which can hold dozens of people for neighborhood meetings, classes, and events:
Most importantly, the park now feels safe, clean and popular. Several years ago, things were very different. Back then, the park was grimy and troubled, and it was filled with criminally-oriented transients.
Due to the hard work of our neighborhood, in conjunction with the city, the police and the parks department, Poinsettia Recreation Center is now dramatically better. It has gone from being a problem for the community, to being a positive resource and an appealing meeting place.
There is a larger lesson here: Good things happen when people come together to solve problems. Too often, people just complain about problems, but refuse to do anything about them. They retreat to their corners and cast blame, point fingers, insist that everything is someone else’s responsibility, yell and scream – and achieve nothing.
Our neighborhood took a different path – and a much better path. We worked together and got a great job done. The result is the beautiful new Poinsettia Recreation Center.
It is truly your park – use it!