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Park-Starved Lawndale Getting Pool, Skate Park at Alondra

A whole slew of summer fun enhancements will open next week at Alondra Park near Lawndale in unincorporated Los Angeles. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas's website announces that the park's $16.5 million enhancement project will open to the public on July 25, with new features including "a 25 x 25 meter pool, a 6,000-square-foot pool house and recreation building, and a 3,000-square-foot water 'splash pad' area." There will also be a "14,000-square-foot skateboard park, a new restroom building, and new picnic shelters." The skate park has already earned rave reviews from skaters who have sampled the grounds in "outlaw sessions," according to the Daily Breeze. One user on socalskateparks.com wrote, "Lawndale has the best skate park in the South Bay...We're on the map now." The park's new facilities will come as a welcome addition for Lawndale residents, which the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says "has one of the lowest ratios of park space to residents in the county." The only thing missing from the park's new additions is a gym--the Board of Supervisors had originally allotted more than $4 million for one, but then cancelled the plans and sent some of the intended money to the Martin Luther King Junior Fitness Garden.
· Pool, Skate Park, and Splash Pad Opening in Alondra Park [Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas]
· Alondra Park renovations nearly ready [Daily Breeze]