More Magic Is On Its Way to Magic Johnson Park

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently voted to fund construction of the first phase of a master plan that will dramatically transform Magic Johnson Park into a community oasis, further continuing the renaissance in Willowbrook.

“The plan reflects feedback from hundreds of residents and the result is visionary,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “From a state-of-the-art events center, new water features, upgraded walking paths, and play areas, Magic Johnson Park is on the verge of a transformation. We are building amenities that everyone will enjoy.”

The park is 120 acres generally comprised of open space. A few years ago, the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation led a comprehensive community process to prioritize new amenities for the park. In Spring 2015, the resulting master plan was adopted containing a host of features to be built over the next two decades, while first focusing on constructing amenities that do not otherwise exist in South Los Angeles.

The first phase of the project (Phase IA), estimated to cost $50 million, includes a 20,000-square-foot community events center to provide a destination for conferences, weddings, or other large meetings in the region. Also included will be an outdoor wedding pavilion, a splash pad, children’s play areas, better security lighting, walking paths and parking lots.

The first phase also includes an innovative project that will address water conservation and water quality goals. Water will be diverted from the nearby Compton Creek, cleaned, and used to fill the lower lake and irrigate 30 acres of the park, thereby creating a wetland experience for park goers.

Work will begin in October of this year and is anticipated for completion in the Spring of 2020.