Pocket Park Breaks Ground in South L.A.

Photo by Zach Behrens/KCET

Once strewn with trash, a wide block-long concrete traffic median surrounded by single family homes is starting to look a little more like it should be: a neighborhood pocket park. Today the median is clean and has inklings of what the future holds, but it still has a ways to go before it becomes a literacy and fitness park.

The 4,000 square foot median sits one block south of busy Manchester Blvd. at 87th and McKinley Avenue in South L.A.'s Green Meadows community. The project is the dream of officials at Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists, a K-5 LAUSD Charter school around the corner...

Article by Zach Behrens, on April 1, 2011 11:30 AM
Posted on 04 May 2011

Heal the Bay and South L.A. Students Turning Median into Pocket Park
Plan for the pocket park (Heal the Bay)
Plan for the pocket park (Heal the Bay)

A charmless, desolate block-long traffic median in South Los Angeles is about to become the neighborhood's newest "pocket park" thanks to the efforts of Heal the Bay, some local school kids, and an infusion of grant funding from California State Parks. Located at the intersection of McKinley Avenue and E. 87th Street, this "dead" space is about to become the WAYS Literacy and Fitness Park, a green space that promotes sustainability and health by using water recycling and other eco-friendly practices and giving locals a new place to play and exercise.

The project, which is adjacent to a K-5 charter school, the Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists, will give residents and their community the chance to gather and create and sustain beauty where they live...

Article By Lindsay William-Ross in News on March 29, 2011 10:00 AM
Posted on 04 May 2011

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