Councilmember LaBonge joined about 100 Silver Lake Rec Center advocates who turned out Sunday morning to rally to preserve staff and programming at the popular community hub.
The councilmember said he would seek a channel for private funds for the community center, which like all Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facilities, is threatened with lay-offs and limitations on hours.
Parents and other advocates said the fully utilized rec center is busy day and night with children and adults playing basketall, toddlers climbing on the play structure, girl and boy scouts holding den meetings and many other community-building activities. In fact, when the rally ended, the group enjoyed a potluck lunch together.
"If you create a committee to work on this issue, I will help you in any way that I can," said Councilmember LaBonge.