The Toppel family, a fixture in Pacific Palisades for decades for their civic work, announced Wednesday they will pledge $20,000 in matching funds toward any kind of maintenance for .
Haldis Toppel told the Parks Advisory Board of the pledge at their quarterly meeting, in honor of her husband Kurt's 80th birthday. Their son, Curt, a professional volleyball player who has participated in numerous sports and volunteer efforts while growing up in his hometown, was also at Wednesday's meeting for the announcement.
"I've been here for 25 years," said the younger Curt. "This has always been my home. This park has been a part of my life. It's helped me in my upbringing and I think it's appropriate to give back."
Haldis said any donation, large or small, they will double up to $20,000, and the funds will be used to maintain the park, as well as keep up with supplies and items from replacing basketball court backbord and purchasing a new vacuum cleaner.
She added they will be soon creating a method for donors to reach out through the Palisades Community Center Committee.