Residents Encouraged to Attend Community Meeting to Revamp Park

Residents who live near Magic Johnson Park  and the former Ujima Village in Willowbrook, once the site of an oil tank farm, soon will have an opportunity to give their input on the upcoming renovation of Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook.

From June through October, three community meetings will be held at the Athens Park Gymnasium in Willowbrook. The meetings will be led by the County Department of Parks and Recreation, and residents are encouraged to bring their ideas to help create a master plan for the park.

“It is our goal to listen to the Willowbrook community and learn from residents what types of recreational amenities they would like to see housed at the park,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “This is an opportunity to do something big.”

The sky’s the limit, with county officials encouraging residents to think about turning the parkland into a community oasis by potentially adding new amenities such as a new equestrian park, splash pad, basketball court or baseball field.

As one of the largest parks in the Second Supervisorial District, the 104–acre Magic Johnson Park already has a wide Walking trail that runs around the perimeter of the park’s lake.

When the old Athens Tank Farm was removed in the 1960s, contaminants were left in the soil, a source of concern for many years. ExxonMobil, the former owner of the tank farm, has been ordered by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to clean it up.   With clean up underway, members of the community are looking forward to giving the park a makeover.

Kim Alexander, 52, vice president of the Avalon Gardens Community Association is eager to attend the community meetings to share her ideas.   She would like to see more benches, barbeque pits, water faucets, a community recreation room and an emergency shelter full of supplies in case an emergency occurs.

“I hope to be part of the planning committee,” Alexander said.  “We are the heartbeat of the community. It’s important to give our thoughts to make the community grow.”

To view the flyer with a complete list of dates, please click here