Only 34 percent of all residents in East Los Angeles live within walking distance of a park, compared to 49 percent of all Los Angeles County residents. To address this inequity, today the Board of Supervisors approved a motion, authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, to explore establishing a new Eastside park on a site owned by Southern California Edison (SCE).

“I am advocating on behalf of my constituents so that no child in East Los Angeles is faced with the choice of either playing in a vacant lot or in a crowded street,” said Supervisor Solis. “Our Eastside families have a human right to a well-maintained, high-quality neighborhood park, as well as the key health, social, and economic benefits that result from accessing a local green space.”

Supervisor Solis’ motion directs the County Department of Parks and Recreation to apply for Proposition 68 funds for a proposed new community park on a vacant corridor owned by SCE at 6233 Whittier Blvd. and 6254 Hubbard St. Local residents have long advocated for the development of a 8.4-acre park at this location.

Today’s motion also directs the County Department of Parks and Recreation to begin negotiating with SCE a 30-year license agreement to convert the lot into a neighborhood park.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov