Lifelong Palisades resident donates $11,000 to Rustic Canyon Recreation Center


Randy Young’s donation will help replace the flooring in the gallery of the preschool room

By Dolores Quintana

Randy Young, lifelong resident of Pacific Palisades, local photographer and historian, donated $11,000 to the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center to enable the center to replace the flooring in the gallery in the preschool hall in September. The grant funds were used with money from the facility’s MRP fund.

The Rustic Canyon Recreation Center provides the community with cultural programs such as arts and crafts, preschool services, camps, hobbies and games. The park has facilities for sports as well as tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field, a performance stage, a seasonal swimming pool, dance and exercise classes and barbecue grills and is located at the 601 Latimer Road in Santa Monica, CA.

The RAP report on the donation said, “Nestled in a rugged setting, the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center provides a comfortable environment for RAP programs, including art, dance and culture classes. The preschool hall gallery overlooks the mountainside ridge that leads to the lower level fields. The restoration of the floor of this room to coincide with its original appearance is appealing to the location and history of the establishment.

The report further stated that “Randy Young is a resident of the Pacific Palisades/Santa Monica community who has an interest in preserving the heritage of the area. In furtherance of the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) mission to enrich the lives of Los Angeles residents, Mr. Young wishes to provide a welcoming environment at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center by helping to restore the facility to its roots. historical. .”

Additionally, Randy Young is the curator of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society and he and his mother Betty Lou Young have published a number of books on the area, including “Our First Century: The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 1880-1980” Rustic Canyon and the Story of the Uplifters,” “Santa Monica Canyon, A Walk Through History,” “Street Names of Pacific Palisades and Other Tales,” and “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” according to Circling The News.

Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners Chair Sylvia Patsaouras also thanked Young and said, as quoted by Circling The News, “Thank you Mr. Young for his donation.”

In a quote to Circling the News, Randy Young said, “For over 65 years I have had the fondest memories formed around Rustic Canyon Park. It still has a magical spirit that everyone who visits can feel. Giving what I can to keep this spirit alive is the least I can do. I also want to acknowledge the leadership of the park superintendent, Paige Barnes, who helped so much to restore the place.


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