The Watts Neighborhood Council and the Office of Congresswoman Janice Hahn celebrated the grand opening of Arvella Grigsby Place Pocket Park.
This 5,000 square foot parcel of vacant city-owned land has been converted to a pocket park at the intersection of East 115th Street and Arvella Grigsby Place in Watts. The park features a beautiful ‘community porch,’ 25 trees, and a walking track. The park was built with$10,000 in Community Beautification grant funds awarded to the Watts Neighborhood Council, and $10,000 from the Watts NC’s own general funds. The Watts NC is also funding the continued care and maintenance of the park and a local resident is supplying water.
The park will be named Grigsby Park in honor of Mrs. Arvella Grigsby, who has been a community leader in South Los Angeles for over forty years. Her efforts are too numerous to mention but have included:
- Working for the Westminster Neighborhood Association for 22 years.
- Volunteering with youth groups.
- Organizing the first parents’ club in the Jordan Downs housing development.
The land was a remnant of the Imperial Highway overpass/bridge project completed in the early 2000s. Since that time, the property has stood vacant. The park is technically owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, but an agreement places the responsibility for care and maintenance on the local community. This park will provide a much-needed green open space for the Watts community to enjoy, while also honoring Mrs. Grigsby, who is a local icon and who sets an example for the entire neighborhood in everything she does. This park is also a first step at improving the poor pedestrian connection between Watts and the Rosa Parks/Imperial/Wilmington Blue and Green Line Station.