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Maywood names park after Benito Juarez

MAYWOOD — Maywood Benito Juarez Park will be the name of a new pocket park at 5515 Maywood Ave. after a 3-2 vote by the City Council March 11.

On Feb. 11, the council tied 2-2 on a vote between Juarez Park, named after a president of Mexico in the 19th century and submitted by three residents; and Veterans Memorial Park.

Mayor Eduardo De La Riva and Councilman Oscar Magana last month voted for Veterans Park while Councilman Ricardo Villarreal voted for Juarez as did Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Guardado. Councilman Thomas Martin was absent. Martin was present March 11 and voted for Juarez with Guardado and Villarreal. Magana and De La Riva voted again for Veterans Park.

The site was developed for the city by Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit group that supports open space and land conservation.

Parks and Recreation Director Aldo Perez said a dedication date will be set once the park is completed, which is expected next month.

The facility offers a small soccer field and a skating structure.

Born on March 21, 1806, in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, Mexico, Benito Juárez was president of Mexico from 1861 to 1872. From 1864 to 1867 he fought against foreign occupation under Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who was finally captured by Mexican forces and executed.

In other action March 11, the council:

• Voted to join the Los Angeles County Free Concerts in Public Sites program, a promotion by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission aimed at providing cultural programs. Perez noted that for the past three years Maywood has offered free concerts in Riverfront Park, using local bands and student talent. He said he would seek a grant from the county commission to bring in a name group for the city’s Summer Music Festival, planned at Riverfront Aug. 8.

• Approved participation in the Southeast Cities Active Transportation Plan, a program conducted by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition to promote inter-city bicycling for exercise and better health. Other cities in the plan are Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Commerce and Vernon, City Manager Lilian Myers said.

Participation will include staff time attending meetings and providing space for community meetings and related events. Myers said grants may be available.