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South Los Angeles residents have been presented with a multi-million dollar investment that breathes new life into South Park Recreation Center—one of the oldest, most historic parks in the city.

Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. was joined by the Department of Recreation and Parks, along with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, to announce the upgrades taking place in the eastern portion of the park.  

“We are committed to conserving open space, creating safe havens and developing much-needed programming in the Ninth District,” Price said. “With this makeover, we seek to recapture that feeling of nostalgia, pay respect to the history of South Park and build a modern, beautiful park that we can be proud of.”

The 19-acre park serves nearly 22,000 residents living within a half-mile walking distance. This latest phase of improvements includes restoration of the historic Palm Walkway with new paving, picnic tables and benches, new walkways, turf play area, outdoor fitness equipment facilities, smart irrigation system, security lighting and more.

“When we return upon South Park’s completion, it will be a community destination worthy of being considered an heirloom. With modern amenities, it will once again be one of Los Angeles’ premiere parks for residents and families to enjoy,” said Mike Shull, general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

In 2016, the Department of Recreation and Parks installed a new synthetic soccer field at the park, as part of an overall $10-million plus investment. During this second phase, a portion of the park will be closed to the public through December. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019, just in time for South Park’s 120th anniversary.