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.

176 Affordable Housing Units Open in Wilmington

The new housing has already received 3,000 applications.

Nonprofit developers Abode Communities and Mercy Housing California have completed construction of Camino del Mar and Vista del Mar, two projects feature 176 affordable homes near the L.A. Waterfront in Wilmington.