From Emptiness to Serenity

For decades, community members in Watts envisioned a green space to play, relax and breathe fresh air. Lacking access to a local park, they often traveled to neighboring cities for family gatherings.

Led by community efforts, LA Regional Parks and Open Space District supported the transformation of 1.13 acres of land that laid empty, overgrown with weeds and littered with garbage and broken glass.That area also marked a dividing line between rival gangs.

What once lacked life transformed into Serenity Park which opened in January 2015 and features play equipment for kids, an exercise area for adults, and a skate park.   During the grand opening, a local community leader exclaimed, “We have a safe heaven for kids. We have Greenery—which produces oxygen—which brings a sense of peace. We have prevailed.”