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NATIVE GARDENING CLUB

Washington Park is becoming a showcase for plants native to Southern California. The Washington Park Gardeners have played a lead role in designing garden layouts, and planting and maintaining these gardens.

The group organizes planting days in the Fall and Winter when native plants have the best chance of survival. Maintenance days usually occur once a month.


WASHINGTON PARK MASTER PLAN

The Washington Park Master Plan resulted from a series of community workshops held by the City in 2001. The Friends of Washington Park have been instrumental in working with the City to acquire funding to complete the plan, which calls for restoring and maintaining the park's historic infrastructure, and high-lighting its connection to Theodore Payne and Ralph Cornell by designing California-friendly landscaping. Parts of the plan that have been completed include replacement of playground equipment, retrofitting to make the park compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and renovating the historic picnic area on the west side of the park. As part of the last item, an Interpretive Area was added, providing educational materials about the park and its flora and fauna, and the importance of utilizing native plants.

The Master Plan includes plans for the replacement of several small existing structures housing restrooms and storage, with a Community House, providing a place for neighborhood meetings and classes. This portion of the plan has not yet been funded.


HISTORIC LANDMARK STATUS

A goal of the Friends of Washington Park is to attain Historic Landmark Status for the park.