2011 Community Town Hall Meeting: Renewing Robertson Rec Center

7:00pm at Robertson Rec Center

An investment in our community

Update: we'll continue to have public meetings about the Rec Center, so be sure to sign up to be notified via email, Facebook, or Twitter. And if you have thoughts about what you'd like to see in a new Rec Center, email us at parkideas@soronc.org.
Council District 5 is spearheading a project to renew Robertson Recreation Center (at Preuss & Airdrome) to create a newer, better facility which can serve more community needs.

The project would create a vibrant, clean, safe and new community center with enriched activity and learning programs for youth, seniors and other segments of our community, as well as the potential to expand uses to include performing arts, community meetings and more. Located a short walk across from the Robertson Public Library, the Rec Center area would become the heart of community activity for a wide swath of our residents.

SORO NC's Town Hall

On Monday, November 7, we will gather some of the key decision makers together at the Recreation Center to host a Community Town Hall and dialogue. We will hear from Council Member Paul Koretz and see the earliest presentation of schematics and plans from the architects working at the Bureau of Engineers.

Most importantly, we want to hear from all of you. Our own annual survey indicated that many of you would use this facility more often if it had more to offer you, so we are excited about the opportunity to make that happen.

This will be the first in a series of meetings, so there is a long way to go until anything is set in stone, but we welcome your voices to the table and are looking forward to a productive dialogue and the best possible result for all our community.

Town Hall Speakers

Speakers will include:

Neil Drucker, Program Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Recreational and Cultural Facilities Manager

Neil Drucker has managed the Bureau of Engineering's Proposition K - L.A. for Kids Program since 2001. He has managed over 150 Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs projects during that time, including managing the $100 Million Griffith Observatory Renovation and Expansion, plus through the LA for Kids Program, has funded and assisted various non-profit agencies on their Proposition K funded projects as well. Mr. Drucker has a professional certificate in Project Management, as well as certificates in Asbestos and Lead Paint Testing and Abatement, Fundamentals of Traffic Noise Assessment, Toxic and Hazardous Materials Management, has lectured on various aspects of the Project Management field at UCLA and USC, and has spoken at various local, state and national level meetings of the Construction Management Association of America. Mr. Drucker and his professional staff are responsible for managing all aspects of the project lifecycle, from pre-design to project closeout.

Jaime Contreras, Project Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Recreational and Cultural Facilities Program

Council Member Paul Koretz

Paul Koretz is the Councilmember for the fifth district of the City of Los Angeles.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has had a long career as an environmentalist and animal enthusiast. SoRo has a special place in the Councilmember's heart—he went to school at Canfield, then at Palms Middle School and Hamilton High School, and ended up as a UCLA Bruin.

Where's the money coming from?

In 1996, City of Los Angeles voters passed "Proposition K", to create a citywide assessment district to create $25 million a year in funds for 30 years, specifically for the acquisition, improvement, construction and maintenance of City parks and recreation facilities. The primary purpose of Prop K is to combat the decay of the City's youth infrastructure, resulting in serious unmet needs for parks, recreation, childcare and community facilities.

The project at Robertson is at its very earliest stages, and the process for getting money, time and investment from the City will take some work. But there's real potential for this project to represent a $6-7 million investment in our community, at a time when the City is strapped. For all these reasons, SORO NC is very enthusiastic about this project, and we are committed to keeping the community involved in the process as it moves forward, so that we end up with the best solution for everyone.