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Often known simply as ‘The Duck Park’ or
‘The Duck Pond’, for the natural spring that attracts flocks of varied breeds
of ducks, geese and other birds, both migratory and resident,
has a history
that stretches back centuries. But it’s a
history which may abruptly end, as it is one of seventy State Parks currently slated
for closure due to a $22 million cut in the budget for state parks. Los Encinos
At the corner of Balboa and Ventura Avenues
in Encino, an Indian village was for centuries the home of the Tongva, most of
whom left around 1797 to relocate at the then new San Fernando Mission. In 1834, when
dissolved the Mission system, three mission
Indians were given a 4,400 acre land grant for the Los Encinos area. The area, eventually the De La Osa Rancho,
would become a center of beef-raising with the coming of the Gold Rush, and in
fact the two standing adobe buildings were built in 1849. They were at various times the homes of
Spanish families, Basque shepherds, and a busy stage-coach stop when Ventura Boulevard
was better known as El Camino Real.
A popular park, famous for their monthly ‘living history’ presentation, Los Encinos is no stranger to strife. Just weeks after the buildings’ 1994 reopening after an expensive renovation, the Northridge Earthquake hit, closing the buildings for more than another decade. At brainstorming meetings this month, docents, local residents, business representatives and politicians have to come up with ideas on how to raise the money to save the park. One clear fact is that it costs about $150,000 a year to operate the park, and the park has turned a paltry $50 profit two years running. Even to close the park to the public, but maintain it, would cost $15,000 to $30,000 a year.
Among the politicians who are trying to help
save the place are State Senator Fran Pavley, who describes the park as “a
hidden treasure,” and L.A. Councilman Paul Koretz. Ironically, in the midst of
financial woes, L. A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is campaigning to open fifty
new parks, and there’s no reason why Los Encinos couldn’t be one of them. If you’d like to know more, and to help,
please visit the docent website HERE. America
When I had a chance to chat with his last year, he pointed out that a
WATCH TRIGGER AND BULLET ON NEW YEARS DAY
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. If you want to find out more about Westerns on TV, and the usual stuff I have at the bottom of my blog entries, I need you to scroll down to last week's Round-up. I've finished writing a pilot for a Western series, and I've got to get back to work plotting out the first season.
Happy New Year and Happy Trails,
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