The expansion and renaming of the Mid-Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center in Panorama City to the Albert Piantanida Intergenerational Center was celebrated Thursday by officials, with the facility set to undergo an upgrade.

The planned additions to the three-and-a-half-year-old facility include expanded walkways to Sylmar Avenue, basketball courts, a picnic area and a playground.

The final $300,000 for the expansion was secured by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian in the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year budget.

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

In addition to the funding, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez led the effort to rename the community center after Albert “Al” Piantanida, a local U.S. army vet and community leader who died in 2015 at age 76.

Martinez’s office said Piantanida was a member of the Arleta Chamber of Commerce and the Arleta Looky Loos Neighborhood Watch, founder and president of the Arleta Community Watchdogs and president of the Village Green East Home Owners Association.

“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,” Martinez said. “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. 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.”

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