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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a Hollywood resident since 1993, I am starving for the option to exercise and meet friends in a green space without first polluting (by getting into my car to go elsewhere). Hollywood is the pulse of LA, and yet our community lacks a heart — somewhere all residents can come together. Hollywood Central Park will beautify and unite our freeway-divided neighborhoods, help detoxify our smog-stained air, and provide an alternative to concrete for children (and adults!) to play, unwind, congregate and thrive... all while generating over 4,500 jobs. This is that rare project through which EVERYBODY wins: the current and future residents of Hollywood, tourists, local businesses, the environment here and in surrounding areas, and the local economy. Hollywood deserves this park, and Friends of Hollywood Cap Park deserves our help making it a reality.

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The attentive holistic progress they've made developing the necessary groundwork — conceptually and politically.

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I'd get them the funding they need to bring the park to fruition!!

February 27, 2011
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February 27, 2011
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The idea is genius. We create a park from airspace to serve the community. We couldn't find 44 acres of continguous space/land anywhere else in Hollywood.

I've supported the idea of the park since I first heard about it. As a Board member of the Park, and Board Member/President of Central
Hollywood Neighborhood Council, I'm honored to advocate for the park.

This project will bring jobs to our local economy, provide open space for our community, and beautify the area not only above the freeway, but around the freeway -- soon to be parkland -- as well.

The Great!

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Watching this grand idea become more and more of a reality. The passion of my fellow Board members is outstanding as they do their part to garner support, resolve technical issues, and raise money to build this great asset to Hollywood.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move even more quickly to raise the funds necessary to get to each progressively closer level to construction.

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

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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.

The Great!

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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

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more of the same

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.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

Hollywood has one of the lowest park per capita ratios of any City in California. This Park will provide recreational access across a large swathe of Hollywood for children from low-income households. The Park will provide an extra playing field next to the new Helen Bernstein High School and improve the air quality by capping off the freeway as it cuts through Hollywood and by the adjacent High School. The Park will heal and connect the division in Hollywood that was created when the freeway was built and the Park will help our economy by providing over 45,000 jobs while it is being built and many permanent jobs afterwards. I have felt honored to be on the Board for this great project that will be green in every sense of the word.
Susan Polifronio

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This project has brought together so very many people across every strata of society in Hollywood. At a recent fundraiser one of the invitees and longtime hollywood resident said that this was the first time he had felt such civic pride in Hollywood and felt such a real sense of Community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is too early for me to state what changes I would want to make.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

There are so many reasons to support this nonprofit. It is working to add 44 acres of new green space to a park-poor area of Los Angeles. The park will help filter traffic noise and air pollution from the 101 Freeway. It will reconnect two sides of Hollywood, now cut in half by the road. It will create thousands of living wage jobs. It will provide a place for children and families, tourists and locals to relax, play, read, sit, stroll, and explore. It is an incredibly exciting and optimistic project that will improve the lives of thousands.

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It began as a big dream, and in just a few short years, the nonprofit was started, money began to be raised, public awareness has grown, and now folks from all walks of life are getting excited about making this park a reality.

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No changes needed. The leadership is motivated and active.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have spent the past three years working in Hollywood and without a doubt Hollywood Central Park is the most exciting project I have had the pleasure to be a part of. When I learned of the initiative to build a 44-acre park above the 101 as it went through Hollywood, I knew that I needed to be a part of the team that was going to make it happen. The park will transform Hollywood into a place where locals and international visitors alike will revel in its creative natural environs. I love the Park!!!!!

Please join our effort to bring the park dream into reality!

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Friends of Hollywood Central Park has done a great job in educating the community about the lack of green space in Hollywood and the absolute need for the Cap Park.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I love the prganization as is! Now let's get the project funded!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

This effort, quite simply, represents the healing of a community literally cut in half by a freeway decades ago. It benefits: in enhancing public health and safety by buffering neighborhoods from traffic; in creating habitat by bringing nature back to the city; in making common ground for civic life; and in giving space for engagement of the imagination, are incalculable, especially for the many thousands of children whose lives will be profoundly changed by the presence of this park. This park is an investment in the future of this community and beyond.

The Great!

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seeing the enthusiasm and support this project generates in everyone who learns about it.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reinforce its efforts in explaining its environmental benefits.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

I have been involved with the Hollywood Cap Park for several years prior to the Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park, Inc. being organized. I am a resident of Hollywood and have been involved with revitalizing this community for over 30 years. One thing we lack is sufficient park space. This is one reason I have been so passionate about creating this innovative cap park over the 101 Freeway. I love urban parks and the Hollywood Cap Park would not only be a wonderful addition to our community, but it would also improve the freeway and street infrastructure in the area. It would also be a major contributor to the continued redevelopment of this wonderful neighorhood.

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I am a founding member of the Board of Directors following up on my volunteer work in several capacities involved with having a feasibility study completed, raising funds, writing articles about the Hollywood Cap Park, and in general trying to make this idea a reality.

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I would make minor changes to the organization to date. We are a young organization still finding its footing in the competitive non-profit world in Los Angeles. Once we have the necessary resources in place to accomplish our mission then I imagine the necessary changes will be more evident and necessary.

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