LADWP Property at Figueroa St and Slauson Ave to Provide Open Green Space and Recreational Opportunities for Local Community
From left, Andrea Greene, daughter of the late Senator Greene; Cynthia McClain-Hill, President of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners; Michael Shull, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks; Alisa Greene, daughter of the late Senator Greene; 9th District Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr; and Sylvia Patsaouras, President of the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners, break ground on Senator Bill Greene Memorial Park.
March 26, 2022 (LOS ANGELES) — Ninth District Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., President of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners Cynthia McClain-Hill, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) General Manager Mike Schull and members of the community joined together today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Senator Bill Greene Memorial Park, on the corner of Figueroa Street and Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.
“It is important to me that our families have clean streets, beautiful parks and green space,” said Councilmember Price. “That’s why I’m thrilled that this year alone, we will be breaking ground on three new parks. Sen. Bill Greene Memorial Park will have walking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor fitness equipment, drought-tolerant landscaping and trees, and will feature local artists for our mural and various art installation projects. It will have something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy!”
Under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, in consultation with Council District 9, the approximately 20,000 square-foot vacant lot will be transformed to provide new recreational opportunities for youth and families.
“With this partnership we are bringing much needed green space to the heart of Los Angeles,” said Cynthia McClain-Hill, President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “This park rightly honors the legacy and service of the late Senator Bill Greene who fought for civil rights, and will provide an important community benefit to nearby residents that can be enjoyed for years to come.”
For decades Bill Greene served as Democratic member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate representing South Los Angeles. His role as a labor union advocate and a civil rights Freedom Rider propelled him into a political career. Greene was best known for his work authoring legislation, which transformed the welfare system within the State of California that became a model for the nationwide Congressional welfare-to-work program.
“The Department of Recreation and Parks is thrilled to be partnering with LADWP and Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. on this new park project,” said Mike Shull, RAP General Manager. “This opportunity is part of our goal and commitment to increasing walkable park access in communities with the greatest need. We look forward to celebrating the opening of Senator Bill Greene Memorial Park soon.”
Construction of the park is estimated to be completed late 2022, early 2023. LADWP will reimburse RAP up to $3.6 million for the design and construction of the park.