After years of planning, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 29 heralded the grand opening of a new pocket park and community garden in East Hollywood.

Madison Avenue Park, located at 1175 N. Madison Avenue, repurposes a long-vacant lot as a quarter-acre of community green space.  The project was jointly developed by the Trust for Public Land and the Los Angeles Garden Council, and includes a playground, fitness equipment, a basketball court, and a community garden.

The total budget for the project was approximately $2.19 million.

According to the Trust for Public Land, Madison Avenue Park is located within a 10-minute walk of more than 12,000 residents of East Hollywood.  Plans for the park date to 2011, when the City of Los Angeles purchased the underlying property for $1.6 million.

The Trust for Public Land is building a similar pocket park just west of Crenshaw Boulevard in the Hyde Park community.