Los Angeles County is about to unwrap an early Christmas present for the community of Walnut Park. Officials announced that on December 9, Nogales Park will officially open to the public, finally providing much-needed green space in one of the county's most densely populated areas. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. She'll be flanked by political heavy-hitters like former California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and a slew of LA County Department heads.
According to the Los Angeles County announcement, this pocket park transformation was long overdue, a sentiment echoed by Supervisor Hahn. "No park is too small to make a difference, and for the 16,000 residents who call Walnut Park home, Nogales Park is going to be the green space they've been lacking and that has been denied to them for way too long," Hahn stated. The festivities will kick off not just with the ceremonial snip of a ribbon but also with community activities running until 2 p.m.
The park's development was a $9.4 million effort that sprouted from what was once an eyesore of an abandoned lot. In what seems like a considerable feat, the barren space will blossom with a splash pad, shaded areas, and even a stormwater capture system designed to improve the health of the Los Angeles River. Scheduled after the grand opening ceremonies, parents and their kids can explore the new playground or the picnic areas, taking in the fresh lawns and exercise equipment.
For residents having trouble finding parking, solutions are in place. Conveniently, parking will be available at Walnut Park Elementary School, and there will be a shuttle service buzzing back and forth to Nogales Park: located at 2603 Grand Ave. Those overseeing the park's fruition include notables like Norma E. García-González from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Mark Pestrella of LA County Public Works, and Mark Stanley of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, among others.
Media planning to cover the park's launch are required to confirm their attendance with Esteban Garcia, likely expecting this green oasis to be a highly photogenic event that symbolizes community rejuvenation. For those interested, Garcia's contact details were provided in the county's press announcement. So dig out your best walking shoes; Walnut Park's new slice of paradise awaits, brimming with promise and the simple joys of outdoor play and relaxation.