Completed Projects: Gladys Jean Wesson Park

This project converts a vacant, triangular lot into a neighborhood park. Located in the West Adams community, the park will feature children’s play equipment, adult fitness apparati, a shaded gathering space, a small grassy slope for respite and sustainable landscaping with drought-tolerant plant and trees species as well as an integrated irrigation system per the City’s low impact development requirements.

The park is on West Boulevard across the street from an active senior center. Transforming the lot was enthusiastically embraced by the senior center’s clientele. The staff and seniors have been active throughout the planning process, giving their input and feedback on various design alternatives and park elements. Some of the senior center users have become members of the project steering committee (PSC), comprised of a variety of neighborhood stakeholders. The West Adams Neighborhood Council and the Jefferson/Budlong/Adams/Crenshaw Block Club have been instrumental in the project with several members serving on the PSC.

The PSC’s work with the project team has been innovative and highly participatory. Students from a nearby elementary school, Virginia Road, were enlisted in a creative writing workshop. Their feelings about the park were incorporated into the design of the park’s shade structure.

This park is a part of Los Angeles’s 50 Park Initiative.  This project has received funding from the Proposition 84 Statewide Park Program as well as support from Council District 10.