Category Archives: VNNC Parks and Recreation Committee

VNNC Enjoys Halloween Fun

Van Nuys residents enjoyed the Halloween Carnival at the Van Nuys Recreation Center on Saturday, October 27. This was an afternoon of fun for families. Children came in costume and enjoyed carnival games and arts and crafts. Everyone enjoyed the costume parade. Thank you to all for a wonderful afternoon!

Thank you to VNNC Parks & Recreation Committee Member Jason Sherman for the great photos!

Van Nuys Recreation Center Gets a Makeover

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Parks and Recreation / Open Spaces Committee has been working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks on the improvements underway at the Van Nuys Recreation Center. The city is currently focusing on upgrading parks and Van Nuys is benefiting!

Already complete are new park signs, improvements to the restrooms with new paint soap and towel dispensers, and new flooring and repaired cabinets in the recreation center foyer.

The Clippers are funding upgrades to basketball courts throughout the city. Our outdoor courts will have a new slurry seal, striping, polycarbonate backboards and rims. Our indoor courts will have new maple flooring, logo, varnish, volleyball sleeves, polycarbonate backboards and backboard padding.

The new multi-sport soccer field / baseball field will include two soccer fields (140′ x 217′), one baseball diamond and on mini futsal soccer field. There will be new four foot fencing, bleachers, sidewalks, and drinking fountains.

The picnic area will be upgraded and have exercise equipment adjacent to it , the parking lot will be resurfaced and striped and there will be upgrades to LED lighting and controls.

Mike Browning, VNNC Parks & Recreation Committee Chair has led the effort to work with the City on this important project, “Van Nuys community members want and deserve a better quality of life for their children, families, and neighbors and when we stand up and work with City officials, things can happen. ONWARD!”

The project is due to be completed September 2018.

Many thanks to VNNC Parks & Recreation Committee Member Jason M. Sherman for diligently photographing the park transformation and supplying us with these great images.

VNNC Outreach to the Community- Easter Egg Hunt at the Van Nuys Recreation Center

Two Saturdays ago on March 26, 2016, the Van Nuys Recreation Center on Lennox Ave. and Vanowen Street hosted their annual Easter Egg Hunt to celebrate Easter. There were lot of families bringing their kids which they get to draw, get a picture from a friendly bunny rabbit, received information from different non-profit groups servicing the area and the VNNC giving away frisbees to the kids.

Everyone having  a good time where they get to hunt for easter eggs at the park.

Thank you, Monique Davis and Chris Mahoney of the Van Nuys Recreation Center for inviting the VNNC to the event.

Easter Egg hunt at Van Nuys Recreation Center

Photos of the Easter Egg Hunt back in March 26, 2016

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council votes unanimously for strict Citywide greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

A journal of Science study published Thursday reports if climate change continues rapidly, one in six species could face extinction. And in a timely Earth Day vote at last week’s Special Meeting, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to support Councilmember Paul Koretz’s motion to implement a Los Angeles citywide greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. We’re committed to work toward a climate resilient solution including protecting local Valley resources at the Sepulveda Basin and recharging the San Fernando Valley aquifer.

Add your voice to the solution by participating at our monthly general meetings the second Wednesday of each month in the conference room of the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys. And bring your ideas to VNNC committees.  Several projects are starting up in Van Nuys that you can contribute to if greenhouse gas emission reduction matters to you.

Council Retreat This Saturday!


VNNC President George Christopher Thomas and VNNC Vice President Howard Benjamin at the Drivers License Forum event at Church on the Way last Friday.

Greetings My Fellow Citizens,

First and foremost, I would like to formally and cordially invite you to the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Retreat this Saturday at the Government Center.  Our council will be in session from 10am-5pm at the Van Nuys Public Library, and it would be great if you could stop by for all or part of our council meeting.

The true action begins at 2pm, when we will hear from Van Nuys Library Branch Manager Kelly Tyler about the “Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative.” The Van Nuys Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library has been selected as one of 10 communities in America to participate in the program. In conjunction with this, the branch is hosting a series of community conversations to discuss our shared hopes for Van Nuys’ future. Our goal is to hear from diverse voices across the community and share what we learn with leaders and decision makers in Van Nuys.

Secondly, we are moving full steam ahead on the Immigration Summit And Workshop in October.  The population trends in Van Nuys show that our neighborhoods have increasingly become a community of Hispanics and Latinos.  They make up the majority of the population, and many of them are foreign born and are English language deficient.  We plan on increasing English language proficiency through partnerships with local non-profits and similar organizations that teach English.  We are also going to start distributing bilingual materials and assistance for both government and social services.

We aim to get more Hispanic and Latino constituents involved in the neighborhood council, while continuing to represent all of the people in Van Nuys and throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Thirdly, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will be partnering with LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez to present a Health Fair.  This event will be open to the public, and will be a great opportunity to become informed and make contacts with the players in the health industry throughout the San Fernando Valley.

And finally, the VNNC will be hosting blood drive with Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian on September 5th, 2014.  We encourage everyone to come to our retreat this Saturday, our Immigration Summit in October, and to give blood on September 5th.

It is an honor to serve as your Council President, and thank you for this great opportunity to be a part of our community.

-George Christopher Thomas, Council President
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

(Ten public libraries from across the country are participating in an intensive, team-based community engagement training program as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC).

Over 18 months, members of the LTC Public Innovators Cohort train with educators from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and apply the training to challenges in their own communities. The project is part of a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.

Members of the cohort were chosen in a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. The selected libraries represent the range of American communities in terms of size, location, ethnic and racial diversity and socioeconomic status. They face myriad challenges, including illiteracy, unemployment, the “digital divide,” an influx of new and immigrant populations, and disparate access to services.

The cohort includes:

Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library (pop: 1,900)
Columbus (Wis.) Public Library (pop: 5,000)
Knox County (Ind.) Public Library (pop: 33,900)
Suffolk (Va.) Public Library (pop: 85,000)
Hartford (Conn.) Public Library (pop: 125,000)
Springfield (Mass.) City Library (pop:  153,000)
Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library (pop: 195,000)
Spokane County (Wash.) Library District (pop: 255,000)
San Jose (Calif.) Public Library (pop: 980,000)
Los Angeles (Calif.) Public Library (pop: 3.8 million)

Through in-person training, webinars and coaching — valued at $50,000 — teams from each library will learn new community engagement techniques and apply them within their communities. Each library also receives an $8,000 cash grant.

ALA will share case studies of our cohort libraries, who serve as “turning-outward ambassadors” to the library profession. Their experiences in library-led community engagement and innovation will serve as examples and provide a learning experience for the field. —

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council
PO Box 3118
Van Nuys, CA 91407
Telephone (818) 533-VNNC (8662)


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