The Chandler Park neighborhood is a sunny and exposed line of residential homes between Magnolia Park and North Burbank. Chandler used to be a street named for the influential Chandler family, former owners of the Los Angeles Times. The Chandler Street of the 1970’s was lined with a working and active set of railroad tracks that kept northerly Burbank residents alert at all hours of the night.
During the late 1990’s, the railroad diverted, and the street became the site of focused redevelopment debate. The city ultimately opted to pave over the tracks and deliver a community bike path. This project has transformed a somewhat vast heath with over wide streets and bleak tracks into a greenway with a recreational feel. The Chandler Bikeway has a lush grassy lining with flowers and benches to complement.
Incorporated areas of the formal Chandler neighborhood reach down Hollywood Way to the Warner Brothers East Gate, to the 134 Freeway. An ambitious tract, the Chandler neighborhood division absorbs Magnolia Park as well as acres of residential homes east of it along Olive Avenue to the North side of the freeway.
The Buena Vista Library is an almost unsurpassed success story of civic planning and planned growth initiative. While the former Lincoln Elementary School premises at the corner of Verdugo and Buena Vista languished for years, the Buena Vista Library at the opposite corner seemed to shrink as community need got larger. The old Buena Vista Library, however charming, was not meeting updated health codes without a costly retrofit.
Finally a mixed use plan for the “Lincoln” block was approved and the old school razed for a new park and library. About a third of the block remains residential and commercial. The new Buena Vista Library and grounds feature a children’s library, wireless connectivity, internet service on more than 60 computers for patrons, and various workspaces, study carrels, plush sofas, study rooms, and periodicals galore. The facility is sophisticated enough for its meeting room to host City Council meetings and neighborhood events.
The Chandler Park neighborhood stratification includes John Burroughs High School as well as Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Chandler Park is only slightly less dense than Burbank overall. The run of shops and stores running east on Magnolia Boulevard becomes slightly more industrial in look and feel, and the area remains more service oriented and utilitarian than the Magnolia Park base of commerce.
The area is principally single family homes with assortments of commercial and apartment homes lightly sprinkled in. Chandler Park encloses Bret Harte and Mingay Schools, as well as Edison Elementary through the Chandler neighborhood proper. Mingay is formerly an Elementary School, and is now an Adult School. Burbank Schools have received state and national acclaim for their academic excellence.
George Izay Park, formerly known as Olive Park, is located in the neighborhood. Four baseball/softball diamonds, tennis courts, a basketball gym, the Gordon Howard Historical Museum and the Burbank Creative Arts center, as well as the Joslyn Adult Center form a recreational smorgasbord for Burbankans. Supporting a large base of residential families and single apartment dwellings, the Chandler Park neighborhood division encompasses the southern part of Burbank.