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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Improvements Slated for Farnsworth Park
Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced approval for $2,729,000 to fund an improvement project for Farnsworth Park in Altadena.
“Farnsworth Park is an iconic recreational and cultural resource for our residents in Altadena,” Supervisor Barger said. “These improvements will enhance the facility and improve accessibility for community members.”
Pending improvements include the repair and restoration of the historic Davies Recreation Building, the south pergola and comfort station, walkways, ballfield, and fencing.
The nearly 15-acre Farnsworth Park facility is listed as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places for its original development and architectural significance of its work relief programs during the Great Depression.
“We strive to provide recreational access to all who visit L.A. County Parks,” said John Wicker, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “Thanks to the commitment of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the improvements on Farnsworth Park will bring residents of Altadena together for leisure and enjoyment while restoring the historical aspects.”
The project is currently in the design phase and the park will remain operational during construction.
Supervisor Barger approved the project on September 18, 2018, with a budget of $2.4 million. During the original design effort, more extensive building repairs and ADA site improvements were identified to meet current building codes and historic preservation standards. The additional approved repairs, restoration work, and ADA improvements resulted in a project budget increase of $329,000. Barger allocated funding from Proposition A, the Safe Neighborhood Parks Proposition, and County Specified Excess Funds to the Fifth District.