Neighbors eager to renovate Villa Brothers Park after parking troubles appear to be resolved

Posted at 11:14 PM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 23:14:32-04

The Vila Brothers Park may soon be free of cars parking on the property by the end of June.

The president of the Armory Gardens Civic Association, Sandra Sanchez, said she couldn't be happier knowing kids won't have to share the park with a large volume of cars, parked on the grass inside the gate.

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"We feel bad about the situation because our argument wasn't just because of the JCC -specifically- it's anybody that would be parking at the park," Sanchez said.

The Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center has been using the park when their events needed overflow parking. Last month, city staff limited the JCC by informing them they are allowed to use the park for parking one time each month through June and that's it.

A JCC representative said they do not plan to use the park and are working on hiring a valet company for large events. Cars will be parked in lots nearby and not at the park. The JCC representative did not disclose which parking lots.

Vila Brothers Park is dedicated to seven brothers who went to war and made it home safe.

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"We were fortunate enough with the Vila family; (They) went to city council with us and they were disappointed the park was being used as a parking lot and I'm sure that was a pivotal point in making sure that that didn't continue to happen," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said she is content with the parking situation now and would like to focus on renovating the park in the future.

"We want the community to come in and be able to enjoy the park," Sanchez said.