The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to fund construction of the first phase of a new master plan for Willowbrook's Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park, according to an announcement by 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The first phase of the project, budgeted at approximately $50-million, will create a 20,000-square-foot community events center, as well as an outdoor pavilion, a splash pad, a children's play area, new walking paths, and parking lots.  The project also addresses water conservation and water quality goals by diverting water from nearby Compton Creek to fill a man-made lake and irrigate 30 acres of the park to create a wetland experience.

Construction of this first phase is expected to begin in October and be completed by Spring 2020.

A full buildout of the park's master plan - which covers the entire 120 acres of the park - is expected to occur over 18 years.  The approximately $135-million master plan was designed by landscape architecture firm AHBE.

The new master plan will expand the park onto the site of a former housing development fronting 126th Street.  The entire site previously operated as an oil storage facility between the 1920s and 1960s, and has undergone substantial soil remediation as a result.

Picnic area. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Splash pad. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Community plaza. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Naturalized lake edges. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Entry plaza. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Bike paths. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Rendering of Magic Johnson Park. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.
Main entrance. Image via L.A. County Parks & Rec.

Highland Park Senior Housing Project Faces Appeal

Plans call for a three-story building with 17 residential units.

This week, the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission will take up an appeal of the St. Mary Senior Citizen Housing Project, a proposed senior apartment building in Highland Park. The project, the applicant for which is listed as the Presiding priest of the Holy Virgin Mary, calls for the construction of a three-story, 17-unit development at 767 N. Avenue 50.