WOODLAND HILLS—On Saturday, August 29, a brand new park on the corner of Costanso Avenue and Canoga Avenue will be dedicated to the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Costanso Ave Fire Station 84 Park officially opened on July 2 of this year. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, who was elected to the City Council in 2013, said at the ribbon cutting ceremony that constructing the park was one of his “first-term priorities.” The park sits on the site of what used to be one of the smallest fire stations in Los Angeles; the station relocated to Warner Center after about 50 years of operation.
When the fire station closed in 2007, the site became overgrown with weeds and was used as a setting for “illicit activity,” according to a press release from Blumenfield’s office. Blumenfield reached out to the community via mailed surveys for their opinion on what to do with the former fire station site, and the majority of the 500 responses called for a park, although some wanted to turn the site into a parking lot. A community design meeting was held so that locals could provide suggestions and comments to the Department of Parks and Recreation, and a contest was held to come up with the park’s name. Construction began in August 2014.
The 8,125 square foot park cost $1 million to build. Its main attraction is a jungle gym in the shape of a bright red firetruck, as well as “a small glade [and] a drought tolerant garden,” according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
A recent Yelp review for the park says, “It has lots of slides and interactive stations on it, cool design. For kids who love cars and trucks, it sure seems pretty fun.”
The dedication ceremony and barbecue will go from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Councilmember Blumenfield and members of the LAFD will be in attendance. To RSVP, call (818) 774-4330 or click here.