Live Oak Park is expected to receive city funding for several capital improvement projects this year.
“[We are] working on expanding and renovating the concession stand and building a new facility office, meeting rooms, and possibly a teen center” said Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs in a telephone interview.
The construction of a new multipurpose facility could result in the creation of a teen center, a popular idea for many Temple City youth.
The facility would also house new administrative offices at Live Oak Park. “The idea at this point is to move all the Parks and Recreation staff down there” stated Burroughs at the September 25, 2007 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.
After the Historical Society moved out of its former home at Live Oak Park, an opportunity arose to renovate or build a new multipurpose facility in its place. The City Council also discussed the possibility of a teen center in 2006, but the item was tabled.
On October 2, 2007, the City Council approved the recommendation from the Parks and Recreation commission regarding the removal of a wading pool at Live Oak Park. Their decision paved the way for the Parks and Recreation department to continue their plans for a new multipurpose facility.
Burroughs stated that plans were still in development and construction is expected to begin this summer. The project is expected to cost approximately $1 million dollars.
This article was written by Angie Yeh. It was published in the Temple City Voice on January 23, 2008.