VETERANS GARDENS TIMELINE
A NEW TRADITION... ``PALISADES PICNIC``
Depending on the impact of corona, we’re looking forward to launch a perennial new town tradition — the “Palisades Picnic.”
“Pie and Burger.” DJ. Lots of games for kids and families. Family bocce tournament. Ice cream vendors. Local restaurant vendors. An incredible day for the entire town to celebrate how fantastic it is to live in the Palisades.
FLAG-RAISING OPENING DAY!
We’re hoping the park will re-open — and we can open Veterans Gardens for all Palisadians to enjoy…
It was a fantastic turnout!
CONSTRUCTION PLANS ACCEPTED
The construction plans for Veterans’ Gardens are accepted by the Staff of the Department of Recreation and Parks, subject to the changes recommended by the Staff that will be incorporated into the construction drawings submitted to the Board of Commissioners for final approval.
PARK ADVISORY BOARD APPROVES VETERANS' GARDENS
At a special meeting held on September 23, 2017, the Park Advisory Board unanimously recommended that the Department of Recreation and Parks approve the project to renovate and revitalize the Upper Picnic Area through the creation of the Veterans’ Gardens.
LEGION PLEDGES $400,000 TO THE PARK
The members of Post 283 approve a $400,000 Matching Grant, with $20,000 to be made immediately available for final construction plans and the $380,000 balance to be subject to the following conditions:  that the community donate an additional $200,000 for the Veterans’ Gardens;  that the name and final design for recognition of Post 283 and our nations’ veterans be approved by the Executive Committee of Post 283 and its membership; and  that Your Palisades Park Improvement Corporation obtain assurances that the name of the Veterans’ Gardens will remain unchanged for a thirty-year minimum period.
JAY McCANN JOINS TEAM
Jay McCann, one of American Legion Post 283’s most respected leaders — joins our team.
A graduate of West Point and celebrated Army veteran, Jay is accomplished both as a lawyer and in leadership roles on various privately held and public companies.
Jay has been President of Bel-Air Bay Club, on Bel-Air Country Club’s Board and was the CFO for 3 years, and on the Executive Committee of American Legion Post 283.
POST 283 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS FUNDING
By transforming the unsightly and dilapidated upper picnic area into the Veterans’ Gardens, Post 283 will create a legacy for generations to come. A monument will provide a fitting display of Old Glory and properly illuminate our country’s flag.
This initiative speaks passionately to the American Legion pillars by recognizing the contributions of our veterans, fostering Americanism and introducing our youth to the sacrifices so many have made to preserve our freedoms. Imagine students from the surrounding schools learning about each of the armed services as their teachers guide them through the five alcoves of the Veterans’ Gardens.
In an era when families are challenged as their children spend more and more time in front of electronic screens, this project creates a sanctuary where grandparents, parents and children can step away from the hurry of life and spend time together – right in our own backyard. It will provide an outdoor meeting-place and home for our seniors. It’s the essence of acclaiming Americanism and preserving our core values.
HALDIS & KURT TOPPEL DONATE FUNDS FOR RENDERINGS
Through the generosity of Haldis and Kurt Toppel, fund raising materials are underwritten and a rendering of the project is commissioned by Bill McGregor. The project rendering is completed by Pamela Burton & Company in December, 2016.
BILL MCGREGOR PRESENTS $600,000 COST ESTIMATE
Based on the 50% Construction Drawings and a cost breakdown prepared without charge by the Tyler Development Corporation, Bill McGregor estimates the cost of the project at $600,000. Approximately $133,000 has been budgeted for landscaping, $124,000 for walkways, $53,000 for tables, benches and barbecues, $160,000 for bocce courts, $20,000 for final plans, $50,000 for contingencies, and $60,000 for three years of maintenance. The project will be competitively bid.
PARK ADVISORY BOARD APPROVES 50% CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
At its meeting on July 20, 2015, the Park Advisory Board unanimously approves the Palisades Bocce Gardens as depicted in the 50% Construction Drawings. Two-thirds of the project (including gardens, walkways, five new picnic venues, and space for a bouncy house) will be amidst the existing trees, and the balance of the project (three bocce courts and a group picnic area) will replace the concrete slab and picnic tables next to the maintenance area.
None of the open grassy area will be used for the project.
MIKE AND CAREY SKINNER DONATE FUNDS FOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Through the generosity of Mike and Carey Skinner, the highly regarded landscape architectural firm of Pamela Burton & Company is engaged by Bill McGregor to prepare 50% Construction Drawings of the Palisades Bocce Gardens.
FULL BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS APPROVE CONCEPTUAL PLANS
Following the recommendation of its Task Force, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approves the project in concept and determines it to be exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Board specifies that the design and installation of the Bocce courts and relocation of the picnic area is to be managed by Your Palisades Park Improvement Corporation in consultation with the Park Advisory Board and in coordination with the Staff of the Department of Recreation and Parks.
COMMISSIONER'S TASK FORCE ENTHUSIASTICALLY APPROVES PLAN
Following a presentation by Jimmy Dunne, Bill McGregor and Bob Harter, the Facility and Maintenance Task Force of the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Recreation and Parks reviews and enthusiastically endorses the Palisades Bocce Gardens.
The members of the Task Force are quite impressed with the overall plan and make a special request that Jimmy Dunne create a template of the project for use by other public parks in the city.
PARK ADVISORY BOARD APPROVES CONCEPTUAL PLAN
The Park Advisory Board unanimously approves the conceptual drawing of the Palisades Bocce Gardens.
MEETINGS WITH LA'S PARKS & RECREATION STAFF
With the support of the Staff of the Department of Recreation and Parks, Jimmy Dunne, Bill McGregor and Bob Harter develop a conceptual plan of the proposed Palisades Bocce Gardens.
BOB HARTER & BILL McGREGOR JOIN TEAM
Two passionate, town leaders join the team.
Bob serves on the board of Your Palisades Park Improvement Corporation, a non-profit company committed to improving the Park. In 2014, Bob received a Golden Sparkplug Award for his work on a master plan for the Park. He is currently Vice Chair of the Park Advisory Board.
Bill McGregor, a prominent real estate developer, is known for specializing in highly complex, architecturally significant commercial and special-use projects, generously offers to donate his time to the design and installation of the Palisades Bocce Gardens.
JIMMY DUNNE CREATES ``PALISADES BOCCE GARDENS``
The award-winning songwriter is unanimously appointed by the Park Advisory Board to spearhead the creation of an inviting park venue featuring Bocce courts and a rejuvenated upper picnic area.
Jimmy Dunne envisions attracting Palisadians of all ages to the Park.