Some community leaders in Del Rey are eyeing Glen Alla Park as the potential site for a community center that could provide much needed meeting space and other amenities.

The Del Rey Neighborhood Council Planning, Land Use and Transportation Committee supported a Department of Recreation and Parks proposal July 29th to construct a small, unstaffed community center at Glen Alla Park, Glencoe Avenue and Alla Road.

Del Rey community members note that the neighborhood council and other groups currently do not have an official facility within the community to hold meetings and they have been considering acquiring such a place for years.

“We don’t have any meeting places that we can really use,” planning and land use committee chair Steve Knight said.

The neighborhood council and its committee currently meet at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Maxella Avenue and have previously met at the Marina del Rey Middle School and Westchester Municipal Building.

Knight explained that committee members support the plan for a small community center at Glen Alla Park because it is considered a “point of assembly” in case of a tsunami and Quimby funds generated by developer fees could be used to fund a facility there.

“We need something that’s central, that’s accessible and has adequate parking,” he said.

But some residents have argued that they do not want any new buildings constructed at one of Del Rey’s only parks.

Knight said the exact location of the structure has not been determined but it would not interfere with park activities.

The planning and land use committee also supported a motion by the Mar Vista Community Council to preserve former Los Angeles Fire Station No. 62 in Mar Vista for community use. The fire station has been considered for sale due to the city budget crisis but Knight said his committee supports Mar Vista’s call to use the facility for community services.

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