Two Los Angeles leaders in the field of public parks and open space will be the featured speakers at the spring general meeting of the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association Wednesday, March 24th.

“Park Poor Del Rey: What Can Be Done About It?” is the topic of the meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Playa del Rey Elementary School auditorium, 12221 Juniette St., Del Rey. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and Joseph T. Edmiston, executive officer of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, will discuss their thoughts on park improvements and open space.

Mukri, who was appointed to his current position in 2004, oversees the city’s 15,000 acres of parkland, including three sites within the Del Rey community, and the 10,000 employees and vast array of recreational facilities managed by the department.

Edmiston also serves as executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. During his tenure, the conservancy has preserved thousands of acres for parks and open space, including projects in urban communities. Current examples within Del Rey are improvements to the entrances of the Ballona Creek bike path and the Milton Street Park.

“With more than 30,000 residents, Del Rey should have more than three times as much park land as it does, and the parks we have are especially important when times are tough,” said Elizabeth Pollock, recording secretary of the neighbors association. “This meeting will discuss both the need for new parks and the renovation of the existing parks. We are very pleased to host the city’s two most prominent leaders on this major quality of life issue.”

The meeting will also include a biannual association director’s election. Information, www.delreyhome.org/, Pollock at (310) 699-5165 or Chris Nevil at (310) 390-0370.

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