4235 Monterey Road
VISION FOR DEBS PARK
VISION 1 - THE PARK'S ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY
Debs Park has two fundamental roles. One role of the park is to provide a place for nature education, appreciation, and habitat restoration. Debs Park will serve as true open space dedicated to the protection of native flora and fauna. In addition, this "urban wilderness" provides nurturing open space to all residents of the adjoining neighborhoods and region. The park is a place to ÒreconnectÓ oneself with the natural world. The other role of the park is a center for community activity with active recreational uses. In addition, the park can host cultural and artistic events that celebrate community life, and serve as a focal point within walking distance of surrounding residences.
With the idea of personal ownership comes proper stewardship from all park users. To that end, all members of the community will be invited to participate in an open dialog that can lead to the sense of partnership, which is central to the health and maintenance of public property.
VISION 2 - FORM AND CHARACTER
Future site development will evolve based on the consideration of the unique environmental qualities of the park, rather than attempt to fit traditional recreational use patterns within its boundaries. All site and facility design will reflect the existing physical and environmental attributes and constraints that are in existence.
VISION 3 - INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
In the urban wilderness, there will be few improvements/structures beyond the Los Angeles Nature Center. The Los Angeles Nature Center will be a gateway development that facilitates increasing the parkÕs appeal to the surrounding communities. There will be trails, signage, and interpretive displays. However, the focus will be managing the land for resource conservation. The primary emphasis will be on restoration and/or enhancement of the native plant communities and associated wildlife. Recreational uses in the natural areas will continue to be passive: hiking, walking, jogging, sitting, and observing nature.