Can I reserve the park, tables, or a room for a private party?
We do not reserve the “park” but if the group exceeds 100 people it is possible to reserve tables. Contact the Parks Division at (562) 567-9420 regarding picnic reservations. Buildings available for private parties are Guirado, Palm, Parnell Parks. To make reservations, please call Community Services at (562) 567-9430. To see accommodations at the City’s parks, click here.
Can you tell me about WYN CLUB?
The Whittier Youth Network (WYN) Club is an after-school/summer drop-in recreation program for children second-fifth grade and summer ages 7-13 years. Activities include homework, arts and crafts, games, enrichment classes, sports and field trips. The cost for the program is $40 for the school year and $30 for the summer program. The program begins immediately after school each day, and at noon during the summer months. Each site has a minimum of two staff that is trained and has passed a thorough background investigation. Please contact the Community Services office at (562) 567-9450 for the nearest location.
How old do you have to be to join the Senior Center?
The Senior Center is open to persons 55 years and older, except for the daily nutrition program, which is for those 60 years and older.
What kinds of art programs do you offer?
The Recreation Division of the Parks, Recreatoin & Community Services Division offers many arts and crafts classes for adults and children. The classes are offered quarterly and include such things as painting, drawing, scrapbooking, quilting and stained glass. Click here to see the current brochure.
The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation funds many art programs in the schools and the community, including drama productions and music education in the classroom.
Nights at the Hollywood Bowl takes local residents to the Bowl for an enjoyable concert without the hassle of driving and parking. Summer Concerts in the Park feature music in the family atmosphere of a community park.
Where can I get a Dial-a-Ride card?
Dial-a-Ride cards may be purchased at the Senior Center, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon-4 p.m.; the Transit Depot, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Parnell Park, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Can you give me information on Friday Forum?
Friday Forum is a dance program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who attend a Whittier school or reside in the City of Whittier. Dances are held on the first Friday of each month at the Whittier Community Center. The dance begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m. The charge for the Friday Forum dance is $5 per student. Refreshments are also available for an additional charge. Space is limited, so children need to plan to arrive early. A valid school ID and signed parent permission slip are required. When the dance is over, parents/guardians need to walk into the Whittier Community Center to pick up their child. No child will be released without a parent or a guardian. Children that have not been picked up by 10:15 p.m. will be sent to the Police Station until their parents/guardian is able to pick them up. A late fee will be charged.
How do I rent a room or facility for my event?
Fill out a facility request form completely and submit it to the facility you wish to rent, along with your deposit. The forms can be picked up at any of our rental facilities or at the Community Center, 7630 Washington Avenue.
How much is membership at the Senior Center?
Annual membership for City of Whittier residents is $3.
Annual membership for non-city residents is $3.
I want to display my artwork in the City Hall lobby. How do I do that?
The Cultural Arts Commission, appointed by the City Council and is through the Community Services Division, calls for artists to submit portfolios once a year in late winter. Once portfolios have been reviewed, the Visual Arts Committee selects artists to display throughout the year. Artists will be notified of their scheduled time. Your name and address will then be placed on the mailing list so that you can receive information and what needs to be submitted. Click here to see more information on the Cultural Arts Foundation.
Where can I purchase a Metro bus pass?
Metro bus passes may be purchased at the Senior Center and the Transit Depot. Bus passes are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis from the 25th of the month until the 10th of the next month or until all are sold.
Can I get a permit for a moon bounce?
Moonbounces are allowed at Parnell or Palm Parks, by permit. Please contact the Parks Division at (562) 567-9420 for applications, rules and costs.
Do you have information on the area bus routes?
Information on bus routes and schedules is available at the Transit Depot, 7333 Greenleaf Avenue. (562) 567-9480.
May I have information on the special events at the Senior Center?
Special events are conducted at the Center monthly. The Newsletter and flyers are available at the front desk.
Can I get married in the park?
The City will issue 2-hour permits for weddings at Penn Park and Central Park. Maximum attendance, including the wedding party, is 100 people and the permit fee includes the photo permit. If a professional photographer is used he must hold a current City of Whittier business license or obtain a 1-day business license prior to issuance of the permit.
Who do I see if I want to volunteer in the Community Services Division or Senior Center?
Contact Ruri Pierre, Community Services Supervisor, at the Uptown Senior Center for information. Applications can be obtained at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street, (562) 567-9471.
Can I take pictures in the park?
The City will issue 1-hour photo permits for portraits and photo shoots at Penn Park and Central Park. Permits will NOT be issued for Beverly Fountain or Mar Vista Fountain. If a professional photographer is used he must hold a current City of Whittier business license or obtain a 1-day business license prior to issuance of the permit.
How do I get my parkway tree trimmed?
Start by making a request to the Parks Division at (562) 567-9420. Once you have made your request, a supervisor will inspect your tree and then contact you with information about tree trimming.
Can I have my City tree removed?
It is City policy not to remove a healthy, mature tree. However, we will inspect the tree and notify you about your options and whether the tree meets removal guidelines. Call the Parks Division for more information.
Can you give me information on the Skate Park?
The Skate Park is located at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. The Skate Park is open from sunrise until sunset, Monday-Sunday. There is no admission charge, but safety gear is required. The schedule can change due to classes and/or private parties.
Where is Whittier Narrows Nature Center and Park? Where is Legg Lake?
Whittier Narrows Park, Whittier Narrows Nature Center and Legg Lake are all Los Angeles County Parks that run along Rosemead Blvd and San Gabriel Blvd. Information about the parks is available by calling the Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation Department at (626) 575-5526.
Where can I get trail maps for the Whittier Hills?
The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority manages the Whittier Hills land and trails. Information about the Arroyo Pescadero trails and Interpretive Center is available by calling (562) 945-9003
What is the Greenway Trail? Where can I find out more about it?
Open in January 2009, the Greenway Trail is a five mile bicycle/pedestrian trail which has replaced an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The Greenway Trail begins in the northwest corner of Whittier, near the 605 Freeway, and closely parallels Whittier Boulevard. When it reaches Painter Avenue, it travels along Lambert Road to Mills Avenue, which is where the right-of-way ends. There is an active rail line traveling east from Mills to the City limits, and Whittier hopes to eventually acquire an easement along this line to take the trail to the City limits and link the Greenway Trail to Orange County. The trail passes through residential, commercial, and industrial land, connecting the various areas of the community and allowing residents and visitors to hike or bike through town. For more information about the trail click here or call the Public Works at (562) 567-9500. Click here to view the bike route map.
How can I get a brochure and/or sign up for classes?
The Recreation Classes Brochure is mailed to City residents four times a year and is also available online here. There are various ways to sign up for one of the classes. You may come into the Community Center or Parnell Park and sign up in person; you can mail in the registration form and payment from the Brochure or online form; or register by phone or fax with a VISA or MasterCard.
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available for Community Services classes and affiliated sports organizations to City of Whittier residents. You will need to fill out an application form and supply us with proof of income and the Social Security number for every member of your household. Begin the process by calling the Community Center (562) 567-9430 and asking for a scholarship application.
What Therapeutic Recreation programs does the City offer?
We offer recreational and social activities for persons 12 years and older who are developmentally disabled. Programs include art and drama classes, excursions, Special Olympics and dances. We also have a Whittier Club of the Deaf, a social program for persons hard of hearing or deaf. More information can be found in the Community Services Division brochures. Please call (562) 567-9471 for more information.
How do I volunteer?
If this is a court referral, you will need to contact the volunteer center located at 13583 Whittier Blvd., Suite 201, (562) 464-3711 or La Mirada Volunteer Center at (562) 943-3177.
If I live in Whittier why don’t I get the discount for classes?
Your Whittier address is located in the unincorporated area of Whittier; therefore, you are not addressed for the City of Whittier taxes. Residents in the incorporated area of Whittier pay an additional City of Whittier tax along with the Los Angeles County tax. The City tax helps support our programs, so they receive a resident discount.
What are the swimming pool hours at Palm Park?
Fall -Winter - Spring
Adult lap swim during the following hours:
M-W-F 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mon.-Fri. 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $3.00 per swim.
Summer – Recreational swim hours are:
Monday–Sunday. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $2.00 per swim.
Summer Adult lap swim during the following hours:
M-W-F 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Mon.-Fri. 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $3.00 per swim.