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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA



May 26, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) applauded the inclusion of $2 Million for Bull Creek Channel Ecosystem Restoration in the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill passed by the House of Representatives late Tuesday.  Bull Creek flows through Anthony C. Beilenson Park, an eighty acre park within the Sepulveda Basin, to the Los Angeles River.

œThis funding will improve Beilenson Park substantially.  It will prevent future damage caused by intense flooding in the area around Bull Creek, said Sherman.  œIn addition, park patrons will have better access to the area.  New pedestrian trails and a bridge will allow San Fernando Valley residents greater ability to enjoy the amenities the park has to offer.

œI will continue to work to ensure that these important funds are included in the final bill.  This project will further enhance Bull Creek through environmental restoration and by providing recreational benefits for thousands of park-goers.

Several years ago Sherman secured $1.96 million in federal funds for the Sepulveda Basin to restore the wildlife area and to construct the Anthony C. Beilenson Park Extension Project.  The Beilenson Park extension will provide a turnaround drop off area that includes handicapped parking spaces, a plaza with concrete benches, shade trees and restrooms.  

The 2,097-acre Sepulveda Basin is a federally owned flood control area.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently leases 1,527 acres to the city of Los Angeles for recreational purposes.  Recreational facilities include a wildlife area, Woodley Park, Beilenson Park, three golf courses, Hjelte Sports Field, tennis courts, Balboa Recreation Center, a dog park, cricket fields, the Japanese Garden Center and numerous playing fields, picnic areas and other amenities.
The Energy and Water Appropriations bill currently awaits action in the Senate.