Supervisors approve ‘Pocket Park’ in Southeast Los Angeles

Start of work in August

May 18, 2022 ~ Los Angeles, California – Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move forward with a plan to create a pocket park in the unincorporated community in Walnut Park Society. The new half-acre park will transform what is now empty land and will include restrooms, an office building, playground, wading pool, grassy lawn and bike racks.

“The thousands of families who call Walnut Park home deserve access to beautiful, safe green spaces,” said Supervisor Hahn, whose district includes Walnut Park and surrounding communities in Southeast Los Angeles. “Parks are important, no matter how small. This overgrown terrain has long been an eyesore in the area, but soon we will turn it into a space the whole community can enjoy. »

Walnut Park Pocket Park will occupy land on the corner of Grand Avenue and Pacific Boulevard that has been vacant for years and that Supervisor Solis obtained when Walnut Park was in her neighborhood. Construction on the $9.8 million project is expected to begin in August when Supervisor Hahn will host an official groundbreaking with residents and community partners. The park has an expected completion date of August 2023.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works received a record number of public contributions and statements of support during the planning process. In addition to the direct recreational benefits and quality of life for residents, the park will include a significant urban and stormwater catchment component, a Safe, Clean Water project. Program funded by Measure W. The underground infiltration well will capture water from over 31 acres surrounding the park.

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