GLENDALE, CA — The Glendale City Council unanimously approved the design principles for a re-imagined Central Park including the future downtown Glendale site of the Armenian American Museum, marking a major milestone for the historic project.
The City of Glendale’s staff and urban design firm, SWA, presented their approval for the Central Park block at the Glendale City Council meeting, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, SWA envisions a new prominent gathering space in the heart of Glendale’s Arts and Entertainment District with increased green and open space, vibrant public amenities, and diverse cultural programs. SWA’s proposal call for the creation of a new Central Park Open Space that would connect the Downtown Central Library, Adult Recreation Center, and Armenian American Museum as well as the creation of new Forest Park that would feature a large forested park space and children’s playground.
New and expanded paseos would provide walking paths connecting the Central Park block to Brand Boulevard and The Americana at Brand. Since May 2017, officials from the City, SWA, and Museum have been working collaboratively to develop a unified vision for the downtown Glendale site. Armenian American museum representatives expressed their support for the framework presented during the Council meeting. “Our city will benefit tremendously from creating a space between the Central Library, Armenian American Museum, and Adult Recreational Center that will integrate its civic, cultural, and senior facilities in the Central Park block and create new public spaces and recreational opportunities for our city and its residents,” stated Museum Executive Committee Chairman Berdj Karapetian. “Just imagine what we are creating for the future of Glendale,” stated Armenian American Museum architect Aram Alajajian. “This is going to be a wonderful project for all of us. It is a legacy project to stay.”