LA County Approves Phase 2 Funding For a Magic-al Park
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently allocated $3.74 million in Measure A and Measure U funds for the park, named after basketball Hall of Famer and South Los Angeles investor Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
The park is among the largest parks in South Los Angeles, complete with fishing lakes, soccer fields and meandering walking paths.
“The master plan reflects feedback from hundreds of residents and the result is visionary,” LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said on his website. “From a state-of-the-art events center, new water features, upgraded walking paths and play areas, we are building amenities at Magic Johnson Park that everyone will enjoy.”
Phase 1, the most expensive phase of the project, includes a 20,000-square-foot community events center and is slated for completion later this year, with an estimated $70 million cost. The other phases of the project, with a total estimated cost of $135 million, will be built during the next 18 years so the public can continue to enjoy areas of the park not under construction. Future additions could include an aquatic center, equestrian center, a skate park and a sculpture garden.