News Release
  August 13, 2003


Los Angeles Mission College will host a public meeting on its proposed Facilities Master Plan and El Cariso Park Improvement Program on Thursday, August 21. The "scoping" meeting will be held in the college's Campus Center and begins at 7 p.m.

Community residents will have an opportunity to hear a presentation about the proposal, view conceptual plans, and then submit questions or comments about the proposal. Experts in design, traffic, land use and planning, air and water quality, noise, recreation, public services and other areas will be on hand to receive the public comments.

Information gathered from the meeting will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report required by law as part of the approval process for improvement projects.

A key component of the Mission College master plan is the Public Recreation Improvement Program for El Cariso Park, which has been developed jointly by the college and the County of Los Angeles.

Taken together, Mission College's Facilities Master Plan and the Recreation Improvement Program will greatly expand and improve recreational facilities at El Cariso Park, while allowing the college to expand and complete the campus first opened in 1991.

The proposed project is a phased development program that will include the construction and improvement of college facilities on the existing LAMC campus; and expansion of the county recreation area at El Cariso Park (including the relocation and improvement of softball fields and multi-purpose fields).

As envisioned by planners, the project will result in a net increase in the county
recreation area, substantially improved recreational amenities, and greater educational
opportunities for residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley - a "win-win" situation for all.

The proposed Facilities Master Plan would be funded by the voter-approved Proposition A (2001) and Proposition AA (2003). By overwhelming majorities in both elections, voters indicated their support for the measures, designed to revitalize and improve the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District.

Questions should be directed to Ana Rojas, Mission College Proposition A / AA project director, (818) 367-6999.

Mission College is located at 13356 Eldridge Avenue in Sylmar.

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