Thursday, October 20, 2011

Parks in Monrovia

Recreation Park, 22 acres. Shamrock at Lemon. In anticipation of a housing boom to the East, the City wanted to set aside property for recreational activities, including a municipal swimming pool. Established with the proceeds of a bond issue passed in 1924.

Grand Avenue Park, 3.5 acres. Grand and Prospect. The park was there in 1967, but unknown opening date. No historical significance anyone knows of.

Olive Avenue Park / Lucinda Garcia Park, 1 acre, Olive and Mayflower. Part of the Pacific Electric right-of-way and used until 1951. It was officially abandoned by P.E. on 10/24/1955. The idea for Olive Park came in 1974 when 18 park projects were submitted to the county for approval under the allocation of funds made available by Proposition 1. No particular reason was cited. Completed in 1981(?). May 1, 2011, the park was re-dedicated to honor Lucinda Garcia, a member of the prominent Palomares family.  

Rotary Park, ½ acre, California and Lime. Site of the Lime Avenue City Reservoir, which was abandoned and demolished in 1964. The Rotary Club initiated the creation and realization of a park on the property in 1967.

Julian D. Fisher Park, 1.8 acres, 901 S. California.  Named for the first African-American police officer in Monrovia. Fisher was noted for his ability to calm tense relations between the black and white communities. The Park was formerly part of Huntington School playground. The project started in 1974 and was officially dedicated on Jan. 25, 1981. (Julian Fisher died in 1976.)

Monrovia Library Park, 13 acres, Myrtle at Lime Ave. The Carnegie Library grant was contingent upon providing land for it. The Park was created in 1907 through a bond issue and the library was opened in 1908.

Monrovia Canyon Park, 80 acres, 22 acres developed, 1200 N. Canyon Blvd. The canyon was hardly accessible until a road to Emerson Flats was built by volunteers on July 28, 1911. The waterfall is one of its major attractions.

If anyone has additional information concerning any of the parks, please feel free to comment. Make sure to give us your source. Thanks.