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July 8, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the most ambitious project of its kind in city history, Los Angeles parks officials proposed Wednesday a $25-million transformation of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area into a major sports and recreation facility for the region. The plan calls for using 100 acres in Lake View Terrace to build sports fields, an indoor soccer arena, roller hockey rink, bike motocross course, skateboard park, model airplane airport and a recreational vehicle campground.
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July 20, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Police Department program targeting the 71 most crime-plagued parks in Los Angeles, including 17 in the San Fernando Valley, was credited Monday for helping to cut violent crime by 27% in the parks--more than three times the citywide decline in crime. LAPD Capt. Kirk Albanese said he believes the steep drop in crime is partly attributable to a decision two years ago to step up police and ranger patrols in the 71 locations that are part of the Safe Parks program.
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May 13, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An announcement by the Dodgers and major league baseball of plans for a youth academy at Hansen Dam Recreation Area is only the latest in a series of projects to help reclaim what was once a crime-marred no-man's-land. After a long, slow decline, the 1,400-acre park is again beckoning families, officials said. "This is really something," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) said. "And it's going to get better."
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December 15, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sparking debate over health protections and individual rights, the Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Friday to a ban on smoking in most areas of city parks. The council asked the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in outdoor areas where large crowds and children gather, within 50 feet of athletic fields, playgrounds and large picnic areas.
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February 17, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with opposition from area residents and environmentalists, Los Angeles city officials agreed Wednesday to drop the idea of allowing off-road mountain biking in Elysian Park as a pilot program. "It's like putting a 12-inch foot into a 6-inch shoe," Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission, said as the five-member panel informally concluded that the park was not the place for mountain bikes.
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February 26, 1988 | BOB JAMES, Times Staff Writer
Hector Hernandez knows that the parks of Los Angeles will never be free of gangs, but in the three weeks since he began patrolling six lower-income area playgrounds, he said the drug dealing and violence often commonplace has lessened and the "gang-bangers" are not operating in plain sight anymore. Hernandez is one of 11 rangers who have begun duty in Ardmore, Central, Hoover, Normandie, Ross Snyder and Toberman recreation centers as part of a city Parks and Recreation Department pilot program to rid these South and South-Central Los Angeles parks of drug dealing, gang violence and other illegal activity.
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December 7, 1990 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the rustic, 63-acre Fryman Canyon site has agreed "in principle" to sell the land to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for an estimated $10 million, an amount that would make it the costliest parkland purchase in the state agency's history. Deputy Mayor Mark Fabiani, attorney Benjamin M.
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May 25, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lighting at 84 city parks and recreation centers--including 19 in the San Fernando Valley--will be increased, parks and Department of Water and Power officials announced Monday. At a news conference at Lanark Park in Canoga Park, city officials said the DWP will install large, cobra-head lights for free on existing wooden utility poles near or on park property.
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August 1, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Water will begin flowing Monday into Lake Balboa in Sepulveda Basin, enabling the San Fernando Valley's only public boating and fishing lake to be open for use by late next week, city and federal officials have announced. Reclaimed water from the Tillman sewage treatment plant will be pumped into the 27.5-acre, 10-foot-deep lake, topping it off at 72 million gallons by Thursday. "It's wonderful.
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August 11, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hike up the mountainside was one that Amir Dialameh has made 8,700 times before. Except that this time there was a line of 60 admirers huffing and puffing behind him Saturday when he climbed a dusty trail to the Griffith Park ridge top they call Amir's Garden. The crowd was there to celebrate the lush, tree-shaded garden's 25th anniversary--and to thank the man who single-handedly reclaimed the Los Angeles ridge from the desolation of a 1970 brush fire.
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