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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I joined the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council specifically to get involved with getting more parks into the area. Once elected, and to my delight, I was more than pleased to discover the Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park organization was working so diligently on procuring 44 acres of green space that far exceeded my dreams.

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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

As someone that has just recently become engaged in this project, I can say that this charity is represented by all facets of the Hollywood neighborhood and business community. It is great to see these diverse interests become aligned for this much needed park in Hollywood. The park would create skilled labor jobs and bring beautification to an area that currently realizes significant blight,. It would improve the environment by eliminating significant vehicle driving to far away parks by local residents and creating significant green space where concrete and asphalt now exist. It would likely promote busines investment in immediately surrounding areas where there is now neglect. Perhaps most importantly, it would create a sense of place by ceating a venue where children can play, adults can socialize and families can spend time together in a serene environment.

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As a member on the Board of Directors

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Try and push harder for more involvement by our politicians

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I came to Los Angeles seeking the utopia of the marriage of the urban form to the suburban environment. It was a place with promise and creativity that was most represented in Hollywood. However, as many others have before me, I realized that this utopian experiment had come with substantioal costs. The splitting of communities by human arterial ways, the loss of connection to neighborhoods and the evaporation of true public open space. The idea of this park is to take the physical liabilities offered by the freeway system and return them to the splendor of thier original intent: that of providing much needed transportation connectors within a dense urban area without the loss of community. In fact, a park on top of the 101 freeway offers this opportunity by reconnecting the adjacent neighborhoods, providing one of the largest areas of flat public open space in the City Los Angeles and giving Hollywood a jewel of creative engineering worthy of the most fantastic sets of the legendary moviemakers who gave Hollywood its worldwide renown.

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I personally have seen the committment of those involved and believe that our collective efforts will mke the Park a reality

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Do more of the same

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Capping the 101 Freeway to address decades of environmental and social justice impacts is an idea which deserves attention. "Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park" has been working diligently to raise awareness of the amazing possiblities and deserves your support.

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I've seen the success of their annual fundraising efforts.

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Encourage them to publish an occasional newsletter or host a blog site to help keep their supporters abreast of their activities.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

The cap park is a visionary proposal to physically re-connect the community that had been cleaved in the 1950s with construciton of the 101 freeway with badly needed green space. Can't wait.

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its planning process.

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not.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Friends of the Hollywood CAP Park have the energy and vision to make this project become a reality. Many of the neighborhoods lack parks for families and children to enjoy. My greatest memories as a child were at a park playing until the sun went down. I look forward to seeing this happen so that children living in Hollywood and East Hollywood can share in that same experience.

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I have participated in visioning meetings and events put on by this organization. They have come up with designs of a park based on community input.

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As the process is moving along in the pipeline to build a park I would have a tree and park volunteer component highlighted even more so.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I think it is a great idea. Not only do we need to bury our freeways for noise, pollution, blight and the like, but most importantly to reconnect our communitites. The freeways of the past literally decimated entire neighborhoods. Parks, cap parks in particular, are a great way to recconect them. Plus, they can create new development opportunities that could potentially pay for the parks itself, and ultimately improve the quality of life for all residents; local and regional...

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my work in Los Angeles.

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give them a huge victory with the Hollywood cap park!

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Hollywood is in desperate need of a safe place for kids to play. The other day my friend came over with her over active 5 year old. There was no place for the kid to go to blow off steam. Literally none. Hollywood needs this park.

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leave it the way it is

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I live in the Hollywood area in a building with lots of children. We have a small backyard out back, fills with pit holes, mud patches, a splintering wood fence, and weeds, but since our area has so little green space, lots of the kids from the area come to play here. Many games of freeze tag are played in our small backyard. And although I'm thankful for the space, the children's excitement over our small patch of scraggly grass shows me how much Hollywood needs more park space with areas for kids to play that are easily accessible for families. I'm excited for what Hollywood Cap Park is doing and want to see this park come to fruition in Hollywood.

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Meeting members of the Hollywood Cap Park Organization and seeing their well-planned strategy move forward.

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Hope for even more public knowledge of the project, because I believe the community will provide a strong voice in support of the park.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

The Hollywood Central Park will reinvigorate Hollywood and usher in a new "green" era for Los Angeles like so many other cap parks have for fortunate cities across the country. From Seatle to Boston, cap parks have revolutionized urban communities with critical open space, recreational and arts space and new civic centers. Further, Hollywood is one of the most park-starved communities in the countries. In addition to providing critical open space for all the diverse ethnicities living in Hollywood, the cap park would close the physical fizzure through the heart of Hollywood that was created when the freeway was built. In that sense the park is also a tool for healing. Beyond its local impacts, the park will be a world-class destination for the region. Builting it today will provide the kind of job- and economic infusion that California badly needs.

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Planning for the park has brought so many constituencies together, from planners to archtects and elected officials to community organizers.

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Immediately provide funding to complete the environmental review process and start construction.

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