On Monday, June 24, 2019, Councilwoman Nury Martinez was joined by LAPD Van Nuys Division and the Department of Recreation and Parks to welcome the Los Angeles Rams to cut the ribbon for the newly revitalized Van Nuys Recreation Center.
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Monday, June 24, 2019
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Councilwoman Nury Martinez and LA Rams Host Football Clinic in Van Nuys
Los Angeles, CA - This afternoon, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez was joined by the LAPD Van Nuys Division and Department of Recreation and Parks to welcome the Los Angeles Rams to cut the ribbon for the newly revitalized Van Nuys Recreation Center. The revitalized Center includes new amenities such as rubber flooring in the children’s universal access playground, synthetic field lighting, synthetic fields, a futsal court, refurbished basketball courts made possible with the support from the Los Angeles Clippers, a fitness circuit, and a picnic area for the entire family to enjoy. The entire project cost nearly $1 million. The Rams also hosted a football clinic with neighborhood children to highlight the importance of staying active, and to facilitate a discussion about the qualities of good character both on and off the field.
“I am so proud to partner with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in the ribbon cutting of this park to celebrate this amazing renovation,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “It’s all part of my commitment to improve the Valley’s parks and make them a great place for kids to play and thrive. We must continue the important work of bringing these much-needed resources here to the San Fernando Valley.”
“The opportunity to collaborate with Councilwoman Martinez, the LA Rams, and Los Angeles Police Officers to celebrate park improvements is an exciting way to welcome the Van Nuys community into a recreational space,” said Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Michael Shull. “The amenities that we are celebrating are intended to enhance the quality of life for residents of all ages. Through public events such as ribbon-cutting ceremonies and sports clinics, it is our collective hope that families freely utilize Van Nuys Recreation Center as they would their backyard.”
“As a lifelong resident of the Valley and someone who worked on obtaining the various improvements for Van Nuys Recreation Center, the transformation celebrated today will make a major impact on the lives of many,” said former Department of Recreation and Parks Assistant General Manager Ramon Barajas, who also grew up across the street from nearby Delano Park. “From sports to picnics, calisthenics and more, the advantages one park can play in a neighborhood are exponential and that is why parks play a vital role when considering the enhancement of residents’ quality of life.”
“The Van Nuys community’s effort to bring the celebrated improvements to fruition is exemplary of advocacy. It is also indicative of Los Angeles being an active and engaged City, concerned with safety and recreational opportunities for all,” said Sylvia Patsaouras, President of Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners. “Identifying and addressing the need to close disparities through park renovations is a long-term investment that will positively improve the well-being of residents for years to come.”
"Opportunities lead to open doors,” said Captain Orlando Chandler, Commanding Officer, LAPD Van Nuys Division. “I look forward to working together with community members and Councilwoman Martinez to ensure that this space remains as welcoming as it is today.”
“Van Nuys residents deserve the best and the families in our community now have a safe park that they are proud of,” said Michael Browning, Member of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.
“The Los Angeles Rams Youth Football Clinics are designed to use the sport of football to promote character, community, inclusion, and leadership,” said Rams Manager of Community Affairs Johnathan Franklin “The Los Angeles Police Department’s participation in our clinics help bridge gaps between law enforcement, community, and our youth as we work together to help shape the future leaders of society. The Los Angeles Rams are excited to host our clinic at the Van Nuys Recreation Center.”
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the Sixth Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.