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Do you play in Alhambra's parks? / Juegas en los parques de Alhambra? / 你会去阿罕布拉市的公园游玩吗?

City officials opened Tuesday a newly renovated playground at Almansor Park, including awnings on the slides, additional swing sets, and accessible walkways for visitors with disabilities. It's the first makeover the playground has seen since its opening in 1989.

Alhambra Source wants to know how you feel about Alhambra's parks. Do you think there are areas or equipment that could use a facelift? Or are you happy with the city's park facilities?

Oficiales de la ciudad de Alhambra abrieron el martes un parque infantil renovado en el parque de Almansor, incluyendo una protección para el sol en la área del resbaladero, un juego adicional de columpios, y banquetas accesibles para personas con discapacidades. Es la primera renovación para el parque infantil desde que fue construido en 1989.

Alhambra Source quiere saber qué piensas sobre los parques de Alhambra. ¿Piensas que hay áreas o equipo que pueda ser renovado? ¿Estás feliz con las instalaciones de los parques en Alhambra? 



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16 thoughts on “Do you play in Alhambra's parks? / Juegas en los parques de Alhambra? / 你会去阿罕布拉市的公园游玩吗?”

  1. Alhambra has the worst parks in the San Gabriel Valley. It’s such a shame and disappointment
    Considering its a community of families. Ive noticied that the Alhambra schools and parks in general dont match the neighborhoods, they look run down, old, and eerily abandoned.  Does anyone remember the lady who was killed and then dumped into the wash at Story Park – my neighborhood park and one of the nicest parts of Alhambra…how does this happen? Not to mention the bench seats have caution tape because they falling apart. There is cat poop in the sand Where small children play and Tons of flys in the sand from it. The play equipment Is falling apart And the water fountain is clogged  hasn’t worked since I lived here. There are beehive and wasp nests everywhere from being un-maintained. Last but not least during the weekends there are always ghetto parties here with 30+ people and their kids who BBQ and drink beer and get wasted then leave their trash everywhere! Not childrens birthday parties but a place where grown adults go to party so they don’t have to watch their own children because they are at park – you can only imagine the quality of their parenting rears children who have no social etiquette, they push other kids, take toys that are not theirs and throw sand. The only thing nice about this park is the green grass but you have to be careful because people let their dogs poop in it and then don’t clean it up. It’s located in a residential neighborhood that’s quiet without a lot of traffic so there always sketchy people in their cars doing drugs or drinking in their cars then leaving their 40’s in brown bags on the side of the street. It’s just tragic!

    It’s good to hear that Almansor Park got a facelift – the park had boarded up playground equipment with chains holding it up, padlocks and graffiti all over it. The parts of the playground that you could still play on had holes where children could fall through rusty metal and get tetnus. The plastic coating had worn off from being so old and would get so hot in the sun you coudnt touch anything. It was just disgusting! The Alhambra park bordering South Pas is decent but again – the same BBQ party problems with run down equipment. Why did the city hack the picnic table arbors, they did a terrible job and took away its charm.

    All the families on our block in the bean tract only take our kids to South Pasadena parks or we pay to go to San Marino’s Lacy park because the Alahmbra parks are so sad

    Does the city not understand that building up its communal resources is what enriches our neighborhoods and builds equity for the city. Great job on the library – but now please focus on re-building the city parks it really deserves some attention so that Alahmbra parks can be a place where Alhambra residents play.

    1. “please focus on re-building the city parks” – I think we should re-build the city’s Parks and Recreation Dept first. I paid a visit to the restroom next to the bowling green in Almansor Park a few days ago, which, ironically, is just outside the Division Office of Parks and Recreation Dept. Both the toilet and the urinal were jammed with you-know-what. And the toilet also appeared to be leaking you-know-what on the floor. I don’t suggest we close that restroom, though it is a safety and health hazard; but I suggest we close the restroom inside that Division Office building so that the staff need to use the restroom outside.

  2. What Tom has said is so familiar to me; I don’t even need to read his posts entirely, because that would be a waste of my time. There are people who are experts at making excuses and masters of the art of obfuscation. They have “sophisticated” minds and really know their trade; they make a living not by working hard but by getting away from it. For example, they can come up with all kinds of “differences” – “different cities”, “different funding priorities”, “different philosophies”, “my restaurant serves ethnic food and opens 20 hours a day so it is different from McDonald’s (and my restroom can therefore be dirtier)”, etc. When you ask them to do their job, they would say you need to hire more people, pay more taxes, etc. Of course, the blame should go to the “politics”, “the system”, “the higher-ups”, but never themselves. In the end of the day, the bottom line is “Unfortunately there is nothing we can do.” LOL! Needless to say, their critics are just “disgruntled former employees”, people who always complain, and so on. And they are victims of “bashing”, “witch hunting”, and so forth. And they sometimes even have the nerve to tell their critics to do it (e.g. clean the restrooms) themselves rather than complaining. When talking about responsibility, it’s never theirs, it’s others’; they talk only about _others’_ responsibility. They conveniently forget that some people, like the restaurant owners, the city employees, etc are paid to do their jobs, whereas you and me are not and have our own jobs. hzmonte, don’t waste your precious time arguing with those people; you have already done a fine job exposing those who deserve to be exposed.

  3. Tom, I would not make excuses for the City. I am sure people who don’t live in East L A use the ELA Civic Center Park restrooms, people who don’t live in Temple City use the Live Oak Park restrooms, etc etc. (Yes, a lot of roads in Alhambra are used by non-residents too. Does it absolve the City’s responsibility to fix the roads in any way?) And a unsanitary restroom is a health hazard, regardless whether it is in a park or in a restaurant. You can come up with all these “different cities with different appropriations”, “non-food establishments carry different risks”, stuff. I think all these seemingly legitimate things you have brought up are just irrelevant and serve no purpose other than making the matter confusing and shifting the focus. They just make the matter unnecessarily complicated. To me, all these “reasons” are typically excuses from employees who fail to do their jobs. Of course, those who trash the restrooms are responsible for the trashing. But in a real world, there are thieves, rapists, robbers, … That’s why we need and hire police, prosecutors, judges, … to do their jobs. You can’t say that only the thieves are to blame. And people who get criticized for not doing their jobs often claim that they are the “victims” of some “bashing.” I am smarter than resorting to rhetoric.

    1. @hzmonte – “I think all these seemingly legitimate things you have brought up are just irrelevant and serve no purpose other than making the matter confusing and shifting the focus. They just make the matter unnecessarily complicated.”

      First of all, public roads are heavy-use thoroughfares for the general public. Public restrooms IN PARKS are not. You have alot to learn, and welcome to the world of politics if you think these seemingly legitimate things are “irrelevant”. Your responses seem so logical but the world is far more complex. To blame and expecting the city to pay for repairs without understanding the root causes is not only ignorance, but fiscally irresponsible. Maybe we should CHARGE people to use these public restrooms but the fact is public restrooms get neglected EVERYWHERE. I for one don’t want to pay anymore in taxes because the users of these facilities “wear and tear” them as you suggest. Should the city budget for these repairs more effectively? Perhaps, but who will be the next hzmonte complaining about the next neglected issue?

      Maybe these employees indeed fail to do their jobs. So what are you going to do about? Blame the city again for not firing them? As I mentioned before, there are a variety of factors as to why these bathrooms are neglected. Why don’t you attend a council meeting and SUPPORT the council members in finding a solution? Instead of just complaining and saying people aren’t doing their jobs…

      1. Readers can judge who has a lot to learn. The restaurant owner is responsible for keeping the restroom clean, no matter who messes up the restroom. You can scratch graffiti, cut the seat, or pee in the bus; if you are caught, you are responsible for paying for the clean-up (and go to jail), but if you are not caught, the bus company is responsible for cleaning the mess up. This is just common sense and has nothing to do with “the world of politics.” Criticizing the restaurant, the bus company, the city for not doing their job is hardly “bashing.” Lazy people, losers, etc always come up with excuses for doing a poor job – “doing this is difficult, doing that is infeasible”, “it’s somebody else’s fault”, … I think I have enough responding to excuses and whining.

      2. You’re so quick to assume its business or the government’s fault. So let’s have government and business solve all our problems, and leave individual responsibility out in the trash bin… As a reader, no thank you! California is enough of a nanny state. People need to start taking responsibility for themselves.

        If you have had “enough”, support the city in working out a solution, instead of depending on the “readers” to judge for themselves and doing the work for you…

  4. @hzmonte, nobody except those that trash the place…

  5. The restrooms in the park suck. Shame on Parks and Recreation for doing such a poor job in making the restrooms clean.

    1. @hzmonte, Why don’t you ALSO put shame on the people that TRASH the restrooms! I’ve seen people treat public restrooms like their own personal toilet. No respect to the public community as well…

      1. OK, also shame on those who trash the restrooms. However, as I observed, much of the mess in the restrooms are due to poor maintenance. For example, the toilet seems to be leaking – some brownish liquid spilled out on the floor. The urinals are poorly designed. The flush handle was not working. The faucet handle was broken and water was flowing out non-stop. ….

      2. Yes, I do understand they don’t get fixed right away.. But they didn’t get that way on not its own. Maybe people break things too easily, don’t clean up after themselves properly, or the city needs to invest in more durable equipment. Perhaps it’s a bit of everything, but I still think people need to treat public property better.

      3. Nobody would disagree that people should treat public properties better. Depending on what “get that way on its own” means, it is possible that things do get that way on its own; there is something called “wear and tear.” People and things do get old and malfunction after too many uses. Regardless, it is the City’s job to get them fixed right away. I bet that if Parks and Recreation staff rely on those restrooms, they would be get fixed at once. If the restroom of a restaurant is like those Park restrooms, the restaurant would be closed by health inspectors immediately; it does not matter whether the mess is due to normal or abnormal (mis)uses by customers. And why would the restroom in the East L A Civic Center Park in much better condition than the Almansor Park restrooms? Is it because more people use Almansor Park, the people in East L A are more civilized, the County has more money, or the County’s Parks and Recreation just do its job?

      4. No, food and non-food establishmentd carry different risks and also have different standards. But I have seen food vendors OUTSIDE the restroom facilities on minor occasions. Ah, “wear and tear”, a good reason for most things. What’s interesting is that you bring up even MORE questions to ponder upon! You also forgot the allocation of money for public property and how each city has different appropriations for it. There is no boiler plate and the city/community also must establish their priorities. Talked with the city manager a few years ago. He said that our parks are heavily used also by NON-RESIDENTS. Don’t know how he got his data but I do see lots of sports leagues play in the park as well as public events. We have more than 80,000 people in our city. What ratio of residents in our city specifically use those restrooms?

        So isn’t discussion more thoughtful than to just BASH ONE PARTY in the first place?

  6. Moor Field is owned by the school district & they decided to close it to local residents without any neighborhood consultation. There are no other parks within walking distance & I still feel some resentment 10 plus years later.

  7. We should be able to play on the baseball diamound w/o a permit like we used to my whole life when i was younger. At Moor Field also, it used to be open all the time to just go an play or jog.