4235 Monterey Road
Please note: This section was written before the Audubon Center was built. We include it to consider the original vision in view of what has developed.
AREA 4 - LOS ANGELES NATURE CENTER AREA
Audubon's overall vision is to develop an innovative public/private partnership to:
Upon completion of the planning process and adoption of the Framework Plan by the Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners, Audubon will lease an area to develop the Los Angeles Nature Center and related facilities (Figure 7). Audubon's goal is to provide a safe and welcoming place where local children and their families can experience the outdoors together. Outdoor science programs, ecology workshops for educators, after school nature hikes, and weekend family bird walks represent a cross-section of activities that will be offered to the community. In addition, there will be opportunities for habitat restoration, enhancement, and monitoring of wildlife, job training, and mentoring of young people. With a small staff and active volunteer corps, Audubon will work in partnership with the City, neighborhood groups, public and private schools, community centers, and youth and senior citizen organizations. The Los Angeles Nature Center will be a place with classrooms, exhibits, office and retail space, and landscaped grounds for nature education and play. Here, school children, teachers, families, and the community will learn about nature and the park. The proposed building is 7,500 square feet, (with a maximum allowable size of 10,000 square feet), and would be accessible to all park visitors. The Los Angeles Nature Center will be a permanent presence in the park, signaling a commitment to help make the park a safer, more hospitable place. It will also be a "compatible-use" facility integral to the protection of the Urban Wilderness Area. Area 4 Land Use Recommendations:
§ No organized or unorganized sporting events or activities.
§ No public picnicking.
§ No bikes of any kind (motorized or non-motorized).
§ No dogs allowed.
§ No festivals, except as requested by Audubon.
§ No day use/special event permits, except as requested by Audubon