Believe in Magic!
Big changes are coming to the 120-acre Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area in South Los Angeles.
AHBE | MIG is elevating the park into a high-performance model of 21st century sustainable design. In collaboration with Michael Baker International, AHBE | MIG developed a conceptual master plan that combines new recreation amenities with green infrastructure.
AHBE | MIG is leading the design and implementation of the first phase of the master plan, which includes a new community event center, outdoor wedding pavilion, a lakeside community loop trail with picnic areas, fitness equipment, scenic viewpoints, a destination children’s play area with an outdoor classroom, and native landscaping.
In this design, the park is itself green landscape infrastructure—a wetland experience for park goers. In the first phase, stormwater runoff from nearby Compton Creek is directed to a natural biofiltration area; a mitigated wetland surrounding one of the park’s two lakes. The filtered water fills the lake and is then recirculated to irrigate the park. The wetland also creates habitat for birds, insects and other urban wildlife. In future phases, the same water treatment strategy will be applied to the second lake to provide clean water to other communities. The park plan includes six phases of improvements, and possible future amenities include an equestrian center, sculpture garden, skate park and aquatic center.
Construction on the first phase began in early 2019 and the park is expected to be open to the community in 2020.