– South Los Angeles, North University Park
Richardson Family Park
– South Los Angeles, West Adams
Marsh Street Skate Park
– Elysian Valley
Francis Avenue Community Garden
– Historic Filipinotown
11th Avenue Family Park
– South Los Angeles, Hyde Park
Marson Street Pocket Park
– Panorama City
Fox Street & Laurel Canyon Park
Fremont High School Community Garden and Wellness Center
– South Los Angeles
Nevin Park Elementary School Park
– South Los Angeles
Raymond Avenue Neighborhood Garden
– South Los Angeles
Avalon and Gage
– South Los Angeles
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.2700 S. Budlong Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007
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 day2945 Marsh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039
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. Rather than becoming involved in gang activity, neighborhood youth can enjoy recreation, exercise and participation in important skills development programs that help them win jobs and become productive members of society.
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2909 Francis Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005
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.1644 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
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.6116 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043
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.15262 Marson Street, Panorama City, CA 91402
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