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The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust has helped create 25 parks and gardens in the past 15 years. This year we’ll add two new parks to that list! Jacaranda Park and Vermont Miracle Park will both open in 2017.

Here are the parks and gardens we’ve helped create since 2002.

East LA
Belvedere Children’s Garden - Mednik Avenue and E. Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Eastmont Little Green Fingers Children’s Garden
701 Hoefner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90022

East Rancho Dominguez
East Rancho Dominguez Toddler Park
15116 South Atlantic Avenue, East Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221

Washington Avenue Park - 15614 S. Washington Avenue, East Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221

Elysian Valley
Marsh Skate Park
2945 Marsh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Historic Filipinotown
Unidad Park & Community Garden
1644 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mariposa Nabi Little Green Fingers Children’s Garden
965 South Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006

MC Francis Community Garden - 2909 Francis Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Cedar Ridge Little Green Fingers Children’s Garden
201 East Avenue J-8, Lancaster, CA 93535

North University Park
Estrella Park
1956 Estrella Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Fox & Laurel Park and Community Garden
14353 Fox Street, Pacoima, CA 91340

Panorama City
Marson Neighborhood Park
15262 Marson Street, Panorama City, CA 91402

Villa-Parke Little Green Fingers Children’s Garden - 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena, CA 91101

San Fernando Valley
El Cariso Little Green Fingers Children’s Garden
13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar, CA 91342

South LA
11th Avenue Park
6116 11th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Avalon & Gage Park
6301 Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90003

Erika J. Glazer Community Garden
2632 South Raymond Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Fremont Wellness Center & Community Garden
7821 South Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90003

West Athens Victory Garden
10500 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044

76th Street
833 West 76th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044

West Adams
Richardson Family Park
2700 South Budlong Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Athens Toddler Park
12603 South Broadway Avenue, Willowbrook, CA 90061

Faith & Hope Park
2247 East 119th Street, Willowbrook, CA 90059

Fellowship Garden of Love at Holmes
11745 Holmes Avenue, Willowbrook, CA 90059

Wilmington Little Green Fingers Children’s Garden
L Street between Coil Avenue and Drumm Avenue, Wilmington, CA 90744

Estrella Park – South LA, North University Park

1956 Estrella Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

estrellaIn 1982, a garbage-strewn lot in South Los Angeles was converted into an oasis of open space in a neighborhood that had none.

The effort was led by a group of fifth- and sixth-graders and their teachers at Norwood Street Elementary School.

For years, the vacant lot on Estrella Avenue had been used as a junkyard for auto repairs and waste. Meanwhile, area families yearned for a safe place to play, relax and socialize. A campaign launched by the schoolchildren attracted the support of a local business leader and the California Community Foundation, and together they raised enough money to create a park.

But two decades later the lot had again fallen into disrepair. Some of the facilities were deemed health and safety hazards, and the community had all but abandoned hope for the land. In 2004, the Neighborhood Land Trust was deeded the property and began working with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and residents to reclaim the park.

Community members developed a sustainable plan for the park’s future and generous grants from the S. Mark Taper Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation made a complete refurbishment possible. In 2006, the park reopened and received a warm welcome from the community.

Since then, Estrella Park has been a hub of activity with tremendous growth in community involvement and an ever-increasing sense of pride. The Neighborhood Land Trust has organized a series of ongoing programs for youth and adults including yoga, kickboxing, aerobics, mural design, photography and creative writing classes.


Richardson Family Park – South Los Angeles, West Adams

2700 S. Budlong Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Richardson Family Park todayLocated in the community surrounding the University of Southern California, Richardson Family Park was established in 1999 by a group of neighbors working in partnership with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.

The idea became reality through the generous donation of land by the Richardson family and support from two longstanding block clubs in the community, Comunidades Unidas en Progresso and Van Buren Place Community Restoration Association.

Unfortunately, over the next decade the park fell victim to neglect and residents began to view it as a magnet for crime. That all changed in August 2007 when the Neighborhood Land Trust organized a community workday sponsored by the L.A. Stars Foundation. Some 400 volunteers turned out to reclaim the park, making the event a huge success.

Once again, the block clubs Comunidades Unidas en Progresso and Van Buren Place Community Restoration Association helped with the restoration. Additional support came from the local neighborhood council and the Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council. USC also provided a neighborhood outreach grant to fund community organizing and economic development opportunities.

With our help, the park has once again become a neighborhood asset. The community management group Vecinos Unidos de Richardson Family Park works hard to maintain active programming that includes art and aerobics classes as well as a monthly resident cleanup day.


Marsh Street Skate Park – Elysian Valley

2945 Marsh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039

marsh parkWhen the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy announced plans to create a nature park along the Los Angeles River in Elysian Valley, the community petitioned the conservancy to consider the needs of neighborhood youth.

The conservancy responded to the community’s petition by setting aside a piece of the land for a skate park.

The Neighborhood Land Trust and SMMC arranged a lease and secured funding for the project through a Community Development Block Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Community members enthusiastically helped build the final structural elements and Marsh Street Skate Park opened in 2007.

Operated by the community management group LandSkate Crew, Marsh Street Skate Park is successfully fulfilling its mission by serving as a healthy alternative for youth who have few other options.

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Francis Avenue Community Garden – Koreatown

aka Moothart Collingnon
2909 Francis Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005
mc francis gardenWith help and seed money from the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles and the nonprofit Urban Ministries, neighbors created Francis Avenue Community Garden in 1996 on an abandoned lot that had been a trash-strewn eyesore. They initially named the project Francis Avenue Garden and subsequently changed the name to Moothart Collingnon Community Garden.

While the community cherished the garden from the beginning, a lack of consistent funding made it difficult to maintain the property. Private ownership of the land also complicated planning for the future. After 10 years of maintenance by a few dedicated community members, the Neighborhood Land Trust was approached as a prospective partner to ensure the garden would remain a public space in perpetuity.

In 2007, we entered discussions with the property owner and successfully negotiated a discounted price for the land. We signed the final contracts in 2008 and the Neighborhood Land Trust began managing the site shortly thereafter. With funding from Proposition K—a 30-year bond established in Los Angeles in 1996 to benefit city parks and other recreation facilities—we made much-needed improvements and the garden now has its own community management group, Comunidad en Accion. The garden also hosts a full roster of programs that include art and music classes for youth as well as an empowerment group for women.


Fox & Laurel Park and Community Garden

14353 Fox Street, Pacoima, CA 91340

fox and laurel parkFox and Laurel Canyon Park is a multi-use pocket park in Pacoima that incorporates a wide range of amenities into its 1/3-acre property.

The park features two playgrounds (for younger and older kids), a performance area, drought-tolerant/native learning garden, walking path, picnic area, lawn, fitness equipment area, a six-bed community garden, vegetated bioswales to capture site runoff and a canopy of primarily native shade trees. 

The project is located diagonally across the street from San Fernando High School at Fox and Laurel Canyon, in the 7th Council District.  With its proximity to the high school and over 2,600 youth under 19 years of age in the two adjacent census tracts, there is a large population being served by this pocket park.


Unidad Park – Historic Filipinotown

1644 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
unidad garden

In 2005, The Anna H. Bing Living Trust awarded the Neighborhood Land Trust and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks $4 million to build parks and playgrounds in underserved neighborhoods throughout L.A. One of the first places to benefit is located in the heart of historic Filipinotown, now the site of Unidad Park.

In a neighborhood where few households have personal outdoor space, Unidad Park has become an integral addition to the community. It serves as a collective backyard for neighbors while the many programs it offers provide a vital alternative to the area’s pervasive gang activities.

The Neighborhood Land Trust works with many nonprofit partners to manage the park and provide programs that serve the community’s needs. Additionally, the community management group Consejos Unidad meets on a monthly basis to plan gatherings and other celebrations that invite resident participation.


11th Avenue Family Park – South Los Angeles, Hyde Park

6116 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Estrella Park today11th Avenue Family Park is located in Hyde Park, a particularly park-poor neighborhood in South Los Angeles.

With the help of a grant from Kaboom!, a national nonprofit “dedicated to saving play for America’s children,” service from CaliforniaVolunteers and additional support from Kaiser Permanente, 11th Avenue Family Park has become a community oasis.

The project grabbed attention as “the park built in a day” after a tremendous turnout of community members and other supporters did just that. The park is now home to 11th Avenue Family Park Council, which oversees programming and maintenance to ensure the neighborhood has a thriving park for years to come.


Marson Street Pocket Park – Panorama City

15262 Marson Street, Panorama City, CA 91402

marson parkThe land for Marson Street Pocket Park started out as 6,000 square feet of neglected surplus city property.

Through the Neighborhood Land Trust’s efforts and funding from The Anna H. Bing Living Trust, the surrounding community was able to organize and collaborate on transforming it into a gathering spot that benefits the entire neighborhood.

After many meetings, discussions and planning sessions, Marson Street Pocket Park opened its gates to an overjoyed community in 2007. The park has since become an integral part of the community. It serves as a meeting place and focus for the community group Grupo Unidos, and it is a lively destination for neighbors. The park offers a wide diversity of programs ranging from cardio salsa and Aztec dance to nutrition and conflict resolution classes.


76th Street Park – South LA

833 W 76th St, Los Angeles, CA 90044


The 76th Street Park is a project of the City of LA’s 50 Parks Initiative. This multi-faceted neighborhood park is situated on a residential block between Vermont and Hoover in South Los Angeles. The park includes two play structures, one for toddlers and one for children ages 5-12. It also features a fitness area with equipment, an open lawn area and multiple benches as well as native landscaping and oak trees. Security features include a fence, an automatically locking gateway, solar powered trash compactors and motion sensor cameras and lighting.

The signature feature of this project is the community management group. The members are very invested in the success of this park and excited about it as a resource, and in particular the health benefits to the community. Residents envision the space as an epicenter of healthy living, recreation and community building. The local Head Start program has adopted this park as a venue for educational events that bring resources to the families.


West Athens Victory Garden – West Athens

10500 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044


West Athens Victory Garden sits on a .62-acre lot in a severely underserved area of unincorporated LA County. The blighted property had fallen into tax default and the Land Trust acquired it in June 2013 through a donation from LA County. This new open space and community garden is creating access to healthy fresh foods and a safe place to exercise to a community severely lacking in both.

As part of First 5 LA's Little Green Fingers program, funds were secured to develop Phase I of the site: 40 4x8 garden beds, a community gathering space, a "tot trail" (walk/bike/trike area), and a learning garden designed for children 0-5 and their families. Funds have been secured through California State Prop 84 Urban Greening to develop Phase II: a -acre food forest of 25 fruit trees, a walking path, gathering space, and a bioswale. The garden should be fully completed by September 2016.


Fremont Wellness Center and Community Garden – South LA

7821 S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90003


The Fremont Wellness Center & Community Garden is a 1.5 acre project comprised of a student garden, greenhouse, medicinal garden, community garden, orchard, neighborhood park and comprehensive health clinic. In addition to health services, this innovative initiative provides educational programming, job training opportunities and healthy food access to students and community members in South Los Angeles. Incorporated in the project is curriculum that includes environmental science, as well as health and nutritional elements for the 3,200 Fremont High School students. The project is a partnership between the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, the University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) and LAUSD.

The Land Trust and UMMA have teamed up with Fremont High School’s MESA to develop a curriculum that will enhance the student’s learning environment through gardening, medicinal health practices and watershed health. Along with the educational component, this project includes small-scale farming businesses to provide food for the students and community, opportunities for job skills training and sustainable jobs. The project site also incorporates a multi-use greenhouse area that serves as an indoor classroom space, a community gathering area and a farmer’s market area.


Erika J. Glazer Community Garden – South LA

2632 Raymond Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007


This garden was once a trash filled blighted lot, the source of filth and criminal activity. Community residents came together in 2008 to clean up the site and create a 37-bed flourishing community garden, complete with fruit trees, herbs, and flowers.

The privately owned property fell into tax-default and was threatened with impending sale at public auction - that’s when the group reached out to the Land Trust. We were able to identify a process within the LA County code to pull the property off the auction block and protect it for public benefit. Thanks to the generosity of our donor, we were able to save the garden and rename it in her honor.

The Land Trust acquired Erika J. Glazer Community Garden in August 2012 through a tax-default procedure specifically set up for nonprofit acquisitions. It was the first organization, and so far the only one to date, to successfully complete this process in LA County.

The garden continues to be operated and maintained by community residents, and is now owned by the Land Trust and protected as a community garden in perpetuity. Activities include garden improvements, plant sales, and gardening and nutrition workshops.


Athens Toddler Park – South LA

12603 S Broadway Ave, Willowbrook, CA 90061


This site is one of five First 5 LA Tot Lots to be developed by the Land Trust. These lots aim to address childhood obesity and foster healthy lifestyles through education and access to recreation. This project is an improvement to an existing park, making the site more inclusive to young children ages 0-5. Site amenities include playground areas featuring music-making play equipment, a butterfly garden, and a walking trail complete with toddler-sized benches. The improvements made to Athens Park are the result of five community design meetings focused on developing additions that are conducive to recreation for young children. Outdoor free play helps young children reach developmental milestones, connect with one another, develop their sense of creativity and collaboration, and forms the foundation for future success. Now complete, Athens Toddler Park is a major improvement to a neighborhood park that will enable young children to connect with their community while facilitating developmental growth.This garden was once a trash filled blighted lot, the source of filth and criminal activity.


Avalon and Gage – South LA

6301 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90003


Avalon & Gage Park is a vibrant, colorful neighborhood park located in a severely underserved area in South LA. Formerly a nuisance site, it now serves as a thriving community hub for recreation, exercise, and community health. With amenities for all ages, this 1/3 acre neighborhood park includes a playground, benches, picnic areas, fitness zones, walking path and a tree lined seating area. The project was truly a collective effort that came to fruition with support from many funding partners, City Council District 9, the community, neighborhood council, local businesses, schools, and faith-based organizations. The Land Trust organized residents to participate in the community design process and a park management committee has been formed. The park celebrated this long-awaited park with a grand opening on January 24, 2015.


El Cariso Little Green Fingers Garden – Sylmar

13100 Hubbard St, Los Angeles, CA 91342


Little Green Fingers is an innovative community garden program for families with children under 5-years old. Led by Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the collaborative includes First 5 LA, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Dake Luna, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. The Land Trust was subcontracted to conduct community outreach and engagement for a community-led design process at the eight garden sites, and to help establish the garden structure with residents.

El Cariso Community Garden welcomed its first gardeners in November 2013 after an eight-month community engagement and design process. The garden is comprised of 39 plots and includes individual family plots as well as communal beds, shared fruit trees, growing sculptures, walking paths, children’s play areas and native plants. Monthly meetings are held in this beautiful open space, where participants share their ideas for improving the garden and community as well as exchange growing techniques and food recipes. Special workshops are also offered, including nutritional cooking classes that encourage families to prepare healthy meals at home. In addition, the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program provides gardening classes and support to gardeners.