The City of South El Monte is excited to reveal its newly renovated park located on Central Avenue. The renovations at the Mary Van Dyke Park were important to many residents, as it is located in the middle of a neighborhood and down the street from the City of South El Monte Community Center. With many residents living only footsteps away from the park, it was imperative that the project renovations be completed on a timely manner and with respect to the residents nearby. The Pierre team was excited to work in collaboration with others on the transformation of the Mary Van Dyke Park.
Pierre Landscape partnered with EC Construction to complete the final phase of the development. Pierre workers created the venue for future events, such as soccer games and concerts in the park, by installing over 30,000 square feet of sod on site. Box trees of various sizes were strategically placed and installed around the park, creating a relaxing ambience around the picnic tables and along the trail that surrounds the two new tee-ball fields.
Along with installing over 1,000 one and five gallon shrubs and vines, Pierre workers placed boulders of numerous sizes around the premises. Shrubs were nestled around the boulders and throughout the park in accordance with the park’s beautification and renovation plans. Pennisetum Aloepecuroides shrubs around the entrance now welcome residents of South El Monte to their newly renovated park.
This community park is the first completed project of many set to begin in South El Monte. The park renovation was paid for in part by a grant from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
Originally named after Mary E. Van Dyke, who was appointed City Clerk in 1968, the park had a big celebration late this year for its grand opening. Local government officials and residents attended the festivities and boasted about the massive changes made to the park. Families showed pride in their newly renovated park and expressed excitement about future events that the park will attract.
The Mary Van Dyke Park now includes a picnic area with tables, a gazebo, community barbeques, grass areas for soccer games, and two tee-ball fields. Now that this multi-functional park is complete, many residents can simply walk across the street to enjoy the park for recreational and leisure use.
With the nice breeze and fresh aroma from the new plants lingering in the air, this park will continue to be a sweet escape for many residents.