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Construction to Begin on New Pocket Park in Studio City, Sherman Oaks

Neighbors walk the median, soon-to-be park, at a planning meeting in 2008 | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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Studio Oaks Park, named that way because it stretches between the two Los Angeles city neighborhoods, will start to become a reality next week when construction crews enter Phase 1 of the project.

The Park, which is really a large median that divides a 2,000 foot stretch of Ventura Boulevard from residential homes, is a vision of the neighborhood and local businesses. For years, they've worked to make this happen, raising money and working with the city.

The construction will simply carve six wheelchair ramps and landings into the medians to help with wheelchair and stroller accessibility. For some neighbors, this is earlier than expected, but the city said it's either now or a long time from now because federal stimulus funded projects will soon top city crew priority lists, pushing other projects to the bottom.