Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of properties at 2603-2611 Grand Avenue and at 2614 Hope Street in Walnut Park for a public park and for recreational services:


“Today’s action will facilitate a much-needed community park in park-poor Walnut Park. As we saw two weeks ago at the Board of Supervisors, there is a very high need for high-quality, accessible neighborhood parks.


Walnut Park falls way below LA County’s average of 3.3 park acres per 1,000 residents, with only 0.1 park acres per 1,000 residents.


A park provides tremendous value to a community, especially those which are dense and underserved. Parks deliver numerous physical and mental health benefits to the community that they serve. Through programming like Parks After Dark, they also provide safe and fun spaces for children and families.


Residents of Walnut Park will enjoy this new park for generations to come.”