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West Hollywood Park's Planned Makeover Comes With Rooftop Pools & A Grand Staircase

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It looks like West Hollywood Park is going to get a lot cooler. The city is planning a major renovation of the park, which includes not one, but two rooftop pools, and a ritzy grand staircase.

The West Hollywood City Council approved last week to add $5.8 million to the $80 million budget for the remodeling of the park that sits between San Vicente and Robertson boulevards. They're still working on getting a final design and voting on it in the future, according to the L.A. Times. The entire proposed plan also includes a five-story parking lot, a landscaped rooftop, a deck on the rooftop. The newly-added budget would go to building the $3 million grand staircase, adding outdoor exercise equipment for adults, and a garden that would serve as an entrance to the park on San Vicente Blvd.

However, some folks at the council meeting complained about how a dog park isn't part of the design when West Hollywood is such a pet-friendly city—and how there are three planned children's play areas.

Mayor John D’Amico was one of the people who wants the project designers, LPA Inc. and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, to look into adding a dog park into the mix. He said during the meeting that there are 400 children who live in the city, and 30,400 adults who have dogs. "The sort of institutional fetishization of kids is surprising because - we love our children here - but ... I'm just really aware that this is an adult city," D'Amico said.

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Councilmember Jeffrey Prang asked the designers also include a park where adults could play sports, Wehoville reported.

This renovation would be the second phase of the park's makeover; they built a 3-story library back in 2011. The city hopes to start phase two construction in June 2015 and finish the project by January 2018.