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Commissioners recommend Sept. 11 Memorial

April 22, 2004|By Chris Sutton

Another memorial should be added to the gazebo area of Memorial Park, honoring the victims and firefighters who perished on Sept. 11, was the unanimous recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Commissioners at last week's meeting. Chair Gregory Boss was absent.

Captain Lee and firefighters from Los Angeles County Station 82 re-approached the commission, after having initially suggested the memorial in October of 2001. They reintroduced their original design of two five-foot glass towers, with a bronze helmet in the middle of the towers, inscribed with the 343 names of the New York fire fighters who died.

One memorial tower would be illuminated by a red light, while the other by a blue light. A white light would further illuminate both.

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According to Captain Lee, $5,000 in donations already have been received, so the city would not bear any of the costs. The firefighters were also willing to assist in the construction as well as the maintenance of the memorial and the area around it.

Originally, the firefighters intended on constructing the memorial on the station's property, but thought it would be more visible in Memorial Park.

Commission Jon Modalf-sky thought the concept was great, noting it was hard to visualize it aesthetically.

"I too like the concept, but think we need to see if the design fits in with the overall park design," said Vice Chair Keith Tobias.

Commissioners Mary Barrie and Moldafsky agreed to be on a design subcommittee.

The commissioners and firefighter are hopeful the memorial can be completed and dedicated on Sept. 11.

The commission's recommendation will next go to the city council for approval.

In a discussion of budget requests for 2004-2005 fiscal year, the commission recommended the $2,500 set aside for a strategic master plan for the parks be used to complete an assessment inventory of the parks and recreational facilities currently available for use. It was further suggested a graduate student could do an internship and complete the assessment inventory. They also recommended moving up the Oak Grove field lights project and the repair of the trails washed out in Cherry Canyon.

The commissioners also unanimously approved permits and fee waivers for Memorial Park by the Gladiators for registration, La Cañada Elementary School's annual Tom Sawyer Day and the Kiwanis' second annual wine and food tasting event on Sunday, Sept. 12, anticipating 400 people attending.

Permits and fee waivers for each elementary school's Girl Scouts overnight camp was approved, as well as the Latterday Saints' field for La Cañada High School's Spartan Baseball Camp.

In other business, Sunder Ramani from the Public Safety Commission invited the commissioners to participate in the City's three-day emergency services drill, commencing on April 27, when there will be a full evacuation of Palm Crest Elementary School, as it is most susceptible to a wildfire. On April 28, there will be a mass casualty drill comprised of injured students at LCHS and on April 29 the City Hall's emergency operation center will be operating.

Resident Margaret Pankratz again appeared before the commissioners urging them to name the Freeway Park the Mayors Park, in honor of all the city's mayors.

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