A once blighted area has been transformed into a beautiful walking path, the first ever green space dedicated to the Wiseburn community located just east of the 405 freeway.
The $2.7-million Wiseburn Walking Path extends just over half a mile from 132nd to 139th Streets along La Cienega Blvd. At different points in the path, residents can rest on park benches, exercise on outdoor fitness equipment, and play on hopscotch courts surrounded by drought-tolerant landscaping and 100 trees. The light poles are solar powered, the irrigation system uses recycled water, and animal waste stations are provided for the convenience of pet owners.
“We are thrilled to open this long awaited walking path that everyone in Wiseburn, from children to seniors to pets, should be able to enjoy for years to come,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “It is the culmination of years of work and advocacy by the community, as well as collaboration at various phases of government, to turn blight into beauty.”
Members of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps created the walking path, and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will maintain it. Aside from Board Chairman Ridley-Thomas, among the other contributors to the project were Wiseburn Watch, whose leaders advocated for the walking path, and Caltrans, which leased the land to the County to construct the trail. The West Basin Water District, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District, were also involved in the project.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to work on the Wiseburn Walking Path project,”LA Conservation Corps CEO Wendy Butts said. “This invaluable experience and cross-jurisdictional partnership provided our Corpsmembers with training in construction and various types of landscaping skills. This learning will provide another meaningful building block in putting our young people on the pathway to a future filled with hope and opportunity.”
The LA Conservation Corps is a youth development nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of youth from disadvantaged communities through work and education. Its projects seek to improve the quality of life in communities and to protect the environment for future generations.