LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass her motion on renaming Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles in honor of former Supervisor Gloria Molina.

“A trailblazer in public service, Gloria Molina was the first Chicana elected to the California Legislature, to the Los Angeles City Council, and the first woman and Latina elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — after she fought hard to ensure representation of the growing Latino constituency. Seeing her break these glass ceilings inspired me. I remember dreaming of one-day serving our community just as she did, with passion.

From fighting back against a plan to build a prison in the Eastside, helping to grow our public transportation system, and ending the forced sterilizations of women at General Hospital, Gloria demonstrated great determination and persistence in representing our most vulnerable.

It is truly an honor to lead this effort in renaming one of her most treasured legacies, Grand Park – The Park for Everyone, after her. As a vibrant outdoor gathering place, Grand Park represents, engages, and celebrates Los Angeles County’s cultural vitality. She fought so hard to redevelop a once concrete jungle outside the Hall of Administration into an open green space, which has been a beacon of hope for many artists and families since its opening a decade ago.

I’m grateful to know Gloria and stand on her shoulders. May her legacy live on for generations to come.”

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Grand Park is a 12-acre civic park, stretching from The Music Center to Los Angeles City Hall, providing Angelenos with year-round free public programming and green spaces to connect, create, and celebrate. Gloria Molina’s vision of creating Grand Park was realized in 2012, thanks to a collaborative effort between the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, and the Related Companies.

To read the full motion, click here.