The Magic of Community Change
On March 9, 2019, Los Angeles County officials joined in the groundbreaking celebration for Phase 1A of Magic Johnson Park. The first of a six phase Master Plan, the park upgrade will improve 30 acres of the 126-acre park and include a new LEED Gold event center, wedding lawn, walking paths, picnic areas, exercise course, a children’s splash pad, and play areas. Water conservation will be realized through a unique stormwater capture and recycling system that will divert water runoff from surrounding neighborhoods to the site where the water will be cleaned in a treatment plant, and stored in the two existing lakes before being used to irrigate the balance of the park landscaping.
The park’s landmark, the event center, will add a significant building presence, being visible from many vantage points. The event center will also provide expanded educational and community-oriented services to residents of South Los Angeles.
The LACDA is overseeing the development of the $70 million project made possible by the office of Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Once completed, in 2020, the park will be operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.