Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian & Councilwoman Nury Martinez Announce 300K Funding & Renaming of Panorama City Recreation Center

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Presentation of check

Panorama City, CA - Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Department of Recreation and Parks Assistant General Manager Ramon Barajas, and community leaders celebrated the expansion and renaming of the Mid-Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center to the Albert Piantanida Intergenerational Center.

“I am proud to have secured $300,000 to build basketball courts, a picnic area, and a playground at this community center,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “The more playgrounds and open space, the better for our children’s health and creativity.”

“This expansion means a better facility for our children to thrive in, while enriching the community with more access to recreational programming,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “It also heightens the quality of life in our city and contributes to the well-being of families in my District.”

"As we pursue our commitment to combat park access barriers, the ability to provide recreational programming to Angelenos regardless of income, age, ethnicity, gender, and ability is imperative," says Mike Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks. "The California State funding provided to the Department and the Sixth Council District will aid in the improvement of the community and provide residents with a center worthy of this great city."

The newly renamed Albert Piantanida Intergenerational Center is a three-and-a-half-year-old facility that will go through Phase Two of an expansion effort to extend the walkways to Sylmar Avenue, add basketball courts, a picnic area, and a playground. The final $300,000 for the expansion was secured by Assemblymember Nazarian in the 2018–2019 fiscal year Budget for the State of California.

The center is currently open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and serves as a senior center with scheduled activities such as Zumba and hosts special camps for youth.

In addition to the funding, Councilwoman Nury Martinez led the effort to rename the community center after local legend and US Army Veteran Albert (Al) Piantanida, who passed away on September 1, 2015 at 76 years old.

“Mr. Piantanida was a constant advocate for the community and served on countless committees and community groups such as the City’s Prop-K Committee. Through his involvements, he helped bring projects to fruition throughout the Northeast San Fernando Valley, including the beautiful Devonshire-Arleta Pocket Park and the Mid-Valley Intergenerational Center,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “This Center is now named in Mr. Piantanida’s honor because he always looked for ways to improve the resources our community provides, while putting children first.”

“I applaud Councilwoman Martinez for honoring Al Piantanida’s legacy of activism through the renaming of this community center,” stated Assemblymember Nazarian.

Al was a tireless advocate for the San Fernando Valley, serving on Arleta Chamber of Commerce, the Arleta Looky Loos Neighborhood Watch, was Founder and President of Arleta Community Watchdogs, and President of Village Green East Homeowners Association. He worked hand-in-hand with elected officials to bring projects to completion.

“Al Piantanida or ‘Big Al’ as some called him, was a tireless, energizing force in the community. He was a man of vision who saw a need and did his best to fill it. He brought a wide variety of people together to help bring that vision to reality,” said Pastor Clarke, resident of Arleta.

CONTACT: Brian Stedge, (646) 469-3808, Brian.Stedge@asm.ca.gov