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Mapped: 30 New Los Angeles Parks That Replaced Blighted Lots

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In 2012, then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the 50 Parks Initiative, a public-private partnership with the goal of transforming vacant lots and the sites of foreclosed houses all over the city into parks big and small, covering a total of 170 acres. Since then, more than 30 new parks have been added (or are being added very soon), from pocket parks to roomy romping spaces, with more coming steadily. (We're waiting for details on three more imminent 50 Parks sites right now.) With the help of a list from the Department of Recreation and Parks, we've plotted out all the parks that the initiative has helped open so far, and even one that's opening up this very weekend. All the points are listed in the order that they opened, from oldest to most recent. Los Angeles, if you haven't already, meet your newest parks:


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1. 49th Street Park

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670 East 49th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

This little park occupies the spot where an abandoned house stood for 10 years, just attracting trouble. Now, there's grass, a playground, and room to play.

2. McKinley Avenue Park

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4916 McKinley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Formerly the site of a vacant duplex, this park has benches, exercise equipment, lights, decorative landscaping, and security cameras.

3. El Sereno Arroyo Playground

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5520 Concord Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90032

This one-acre park had been empty and useless since the 1970s, but is now populated with grassy knolls, a seriously cool playground, an outdoor gym, public art, picnic tables, walking paths, and a merry-go-round.

4. 76th Street Pocket Park

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833 West 76th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

This wee park has exercise equipment, a little playground, an big sun sails. It replaced an empty, foreclosed house.

5. Orchard Avenue Pocket Park

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4600 Orchard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

This long, skinny park does business in the front (workout equipment) and party in the back (a sweet playground with multiple slides). In the middle, there's a big, lush tree.

6. 111th Place Pocket Park

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207 East 111th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90061

This .09 acre space is becoming a park in phases. It seems to be pretty much grass and benches right now (and that's not nothing), but eventually there will be more landscaping with drought-tolerant plantings, plus a whimsical fence.

7. Fulton Avenue Park

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13253 Vanowen Street
North Hollywood, CA 91605
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was especially glad that parents can see their kids from any bench in the area.

8. 97th St. Park

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554 West 97th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Put this park in your pocket! Outfitted with fitness equipment and stuff for all your little imps to jump and slide on, its got a lovely, decorative fence and those slick sun sails for shade.

9. 105th Street Park

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609 West 105th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

A nice little oasis with benches, trees, a playground, and exercise equipment.

10. Amistad Park

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13116 Kagel Canyon Street
Pacoima, CA 91331

Exercise equipment and a couple fun slides under the shade are central to this Pacoima park on the former site of a single-family house.

11. 61st Street Pocket Park

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139 East 61st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003

Get a workout in while the kids enjoy the playground!

12. Fox & Laurel Park

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14353 Fox Street
San Fernando, CA 91340

The one-third-acre park has TWO playgrounds, a drought-tolerant garden, a community garden, bioswales, a walking path, and large, native trees.

13. Spring Street Park

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426 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Yes, we have 50 Parks to thank for the "first real green space" in the Historic Core, the Spring Street Park.

14. Sunnynook River Park

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Los Angeles River Bike Path
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3.4 acres along a freeway doesn't sound like it would be very nice, but this place is actually very chill. It's got native plantings, an outdoor classroom, and picnic areas, and is not too far off the LA River Bike Path. [Image via Scott Lowe]

15. Harbor Gateway Pocket Park

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West Torrance Boulevard & Denker Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

This park was created primarily to force sex offenders to move, but it's still a park.

16. La Mirada Park

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5401 La Mirada Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

It took four years to get the park built, but now it's here to stay. Located on a corner lot, the park has one of those fake tree stumps that kids can climb on, plus more playground equipment, shade, and lots of seating.

17. North Hollywood Multi-Purpose Intergenerational Center at Tiara Street

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11480 Tiara Street
North Hollywood, CA 91601

The 2,200-square-foot facility here includes a lobby and multi-purpose room, plus an outdoor play area with walking paths, shade, benches. There's also a parking lot.

18. Drum Barracks Park

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1058 North Banning Boulevard
Wilmington, CA 90744

Right across from the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington, this park has an awesome playground feature that looks like big cartoon trees and a lot of free-play/lounging space.

19. Wall Street Park

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8620 Wall Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003

Google Street View still shows the vacant old house that this park replaced. The playground, with a swirling slide, is the focus of this park, which also has some large trees around the perimeter.

20. Devonshire/Arleta Park

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14215 Devonshire Street
Pacoima, CA 91331

Yelpers liked that this park has big areas of (artificial) shade for kids to play under and lots of seating for parents or other responsible grownups to sit and watch over the kids. They did note that the park is ungated, so it's especially important to keep an eye on the littles.

21. Sheldon Skate Park

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12477 Sheldon Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352

Also known as the South East Valley Skate Park, this concrete skate zone has areas for multiple levels of skate abilities—beginners, too. [Image via California Skateparks]

22. West Adams Heights Park

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1903 Cordova Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 4,000-square-foot, formerly empty lot now holds a playground, exercise equipment, trees, and native plantings.

23. Gladys Jean Wesson Park

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2508 South West Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016

This gated park has a shaded play area for kids and shaded seating for adults, plus "a small grassy slope for respite." It is located on a spot right across from a senior center, on what was previously a dirt lot.

24. Avalon and Gage Park

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6309 Avalon Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90003

The one-third-acre site went from being an eyesore to being a place for kids, seniors, parents, and bus riders, says a release announcing the site's opening earlier this year. The park is in a triangular median, surrounded on three sides by roads, and features lots of play equipment and seating, but not a ton of shade yet.

25. Watts Serenity Park

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1789 East 114th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Covering just a bit more than an acre, this park has some really inventive looking play pieces, according to the Facebook album for its opening, including rolling hills like on the old PBS Teletubbies show and a merry-go-round that looks like the tortilla bowl you get at fast food places serving "taco salad." [Image via Councilman Joe Buscaino]

26. York/Avenue 50 Park

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York Blvd. & Ave. 53
Los Angeles, CA 90042

The old gas station on this site gave way, after much planning, to a park with all sorts of cool stuff, from a fanciful fence to a climbable snake to a free library. [Image via The Pop Hop]

27. Mid Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center

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9540 Van Nuys Boulevard
Panorama City, CA 91402

The 2,500-square-foot building and surrounding green space here has something few of the others do: restroom access. The lavatories are inside the building. [Image via Councilwoman Nury Martinez]

28. Costanso Fire Station 84 Park

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21396 Costanso Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

This fire-station-themed park has a red and white color scheme and a playground shaped like a fire truck. The property once housed an active fire station that has relocated. The building was left vacant from 2007 to 2013, says the Daily News, until it was razed to build the park. [Image by Dean Musgrove via Daily News]

29. Carlton Way Pocket Park

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5927 Carlton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This park isn't technically open yet, but it's supposed to be this Saturday. Plans call for lots of trees, a playground, and lots of open space on the previously long-vacant lot.

30. Patton Street Park

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319 Patton Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

This park at the *southern edge of Echo Park is scheduled to open on August 1, and when it does, the plans say it will have a waterfall, a stream, and chairs that look like boulders. Rugged!

1. 49th Street Park

670 East 49th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011

This little park occupies the spot where an abandoned house stood for 10 years, just attracting trouble. Now, there's grass, a playground, and room to play.

670 East 49th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

2. McKinley Avenue Park

4916 McKinley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Formerly the site of a vacant duplex, this park has benches, exercise equipment, lights, decorative landscaping, and security cameras.

4916 McKinley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

3. El Sereno Arroyo Playground

5520 Concord Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032

This one-acre park had been empty and useless since the 1970s, but is now populated with grassy knolls, a seriously cool playground, an outdoor gym, public art, picnic tables, walking paths, and a merry-go-round.

5520 Concord Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90032

4. 76th Street Pocket Park

833 West 76th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044

This wee park has exercise equipment, a little playground, an big sun sails. It replaced an empty, foreclosed house.

833 West 76th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

5. Orchard Avenue Pocket Park

4600 Orchard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037

This long, skinny park does business in the front (workout equipment) and party in the back (a sweet playground with multiple slides). In the middle, there's a big, lush tree.

4600 Orchard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

6. 111th Place Pocket Park

207 East 111th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90061

This .09 acre space is becoming a park in phases. It seems to be pretty much grass and benches right now (and that's not nothing), but eventually there will be more landscaping with drought-tolerant plantings, plus a whimsical fence.

207 East 111th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90061

7. Fulton Avenue Park

13253 Vanowen Street, North Hollywood, CA 91605
who liked the place

was especially glad that parents can see their kids from any bench in the area.

13253 Vanowen Street
North Hollywood, CA 91605

8. 97th St. Park

554 West 97th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044

Put this park in your pocket! Outfitted with fitness equipment and stuff for all your little imps to jump and slide on, its got a lovely, decorative fence and those slick sun sails for shade.

554 West 97th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

9. 105th Street Park

609 West 105th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044

A nice little oasis with benches, trees, a playground, and exercise equipment.

609 West 105th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

10. Amistad Park

13116 Kagel Canyon Street, Pacoima, CA 91331

Exercise equipment and a couple fun slides under the shade are central to this Pacoima park on the former site of a single-family house.

13116 Kagel Canyon Street
Pacoima, CA 91331

11. 61st Street Pocket Park

139 East 61st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003

Get a workout in while the kids enjoy the playground!

139 East 61st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003

12. Fox & Laurel Park

14353 Fox Street, San Fernando, CA 91340

The one-third-acre park has TWO playgrounds, a drought-tolerant garden, a community garden, bioswales, a walking path, and large, native trees.

14353 Fox Street
San Fernando, CA 91340

13. Spring Street Park

426 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Yes, we have 50 Parks to thank for the "first real green space" in the Historic Core, the Spring Street Park.

426 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

14. Sunnynook River Park

Los Angeles River Bike Path, Los Angeles, CA 90039

3.4 acres along a freeway doesn't sound like it would be very nice, but this place is actually very chill. It's got native plantings, an outdoor classroom, and picnic areas, and is not too far off the LA River Bike Path. [Image via Scott Lowe]

Los Angeles River Bike Path
Los Angeles, CA 90039

15. Harbor Gateway Pocket Park

West Torrance Boulevard & Denker Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501

This park was created primarily to force sex offenders to move, but it's still a park.

West Torrance Boulevard & Denker Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

16. La Mirada Park

5401 La Mirada Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029

It took four years to get the park built, but now it's here to stay. Located on a corner lot, the park has one of those fake tree stumps that kids can climb on, plus more playground equipment, shade, and lots of seating.

5401 La Mirada Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

17. North Hollywood Multi-Purpose Intergenerational Center at Tiara Street

11480 Tiara Street, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The 2,200-square-foot facility here includes a lobby and multi-purpose room, plus an outdoor play area with walking paths, shade, benches. There's also a parking lot.

11480 Tiara Street
North Hollywood, CA 91601

18. Drum Barracks Park

1058 North Banning Boulevard, Wilmington, CA 90744

Right across from the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington, this park has an awesome playground feature that looks like big cartoon trees and a lot of free-play/lounging space.

1058 North Banning Boulevard
Wilmington, CA 90744

19. Wall Street Park

8620 Wall Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003

Google Street View still shows the vacant old house that this park replaced. The playground, with a swirling slide, is the focus of this park, which also has some large trees around the perimeter.

8620 Wall Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003

20. Devonshire/Arleta Park

14215 Devonshire Street, Pacoima, CA 91331

Yelpers liked that this park has big areas of (artificial) shade for kids to play under and lots of seating for parents or other responsible grownups to sit and watch over the kids. They did note that the park is ungated, so it's especially important to keep an eye on the littles.

14215 Devonshire Street
Pacoima, CA 91331

21. Sheldon Skate Park

12477 Sheldon Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Also known as the South East Valley Skate Park, this concrete skate zone has areas for multiple levels of skate abilities—beginners, too. [Image via California Skateparks]

12477 Sheldon Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352

22. West Adams Heights Park

1903 Cordova Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 4,000-square-foot, formerly empty lot now holds a playground, exercise equipment, trees, and native plantings.

1903 Cordova Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

23. Gladys Jean Wesson Park

2508 South West Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016

This gated park has a shaded play area for kids and shaded seating for adults, plus "a small grassy slope for respite." It is located on a spot right across from a senior center, on what was previously a dirt lot.

2508 South West Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016

24. Avalon and Gage Park

6309 Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90003

The one-third-acre site went from being an eyesore to being a place for kids, seniors, parents, and bus riders, says a release announcing the site's opening earlier this year. The park is in a triangular median, surrounded on three sides by roads, and features lots of play equipment and seating, but not a ton of shade yet.

6309 Avalon Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90003

25. Watts Serenity Park

1789 East 114th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Covering just a bit more than an acre, this park has some really inventive looking play pieces, according to the Facebook album for its opening, including rolling hills like on the old PBS Teletubbies show and a merry-go-round that looks like the tortilla bowl you get at fast food places serving "taco salad." [Image via Councilman Joe Buscaino]

1789 East 114th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059

26. York/Avenue 50 Park

York Blvd. & Ave. 53, Los Angeles, CA 90042

The old gas station on this site gave way, after much planning, to a park with all sorts of cool stuff, from a fanciful fence to a climbable snake to a free library. [Image via The Pop Hop]

York Blvd. & Ave. 53
Los Angeles, CA 90042

27. Mid Valley Intergenerational Multipurpose Center

9540 Van Nuys Boulevard, Panorama City, CA 91402

The 2,500-square-foot building and surrounding green space here has something few of the others do: restroom access. The lavatories are inside the building. [Image via Councilwoman Nury Martinez]

9540 Van Nuys Boulevard
Panorama City, CA 91402

28. Costanso Fire Station 84 Park

21396 Costanso Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

This fire-station-themed park has a red and white color scheme and a playground shaped like a fire truck. The property once housed an active fire station that has relocated. The building was left vacant from 2007 to 2013, says the Daily News, until it was razed to build the park. [Image by Dean Musgrove via Daily News]

21396 Costanso Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

29. Carlton Way Pocket Park

5927 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This park isn't technically open yet, but it's supposed to be this Saturday. Plans call for lots of trees, a playground, and lots of open space on the previously long-vacant lot.

5927 Carlton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90028

30. Patton Street Park

319 Patton Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This park at the *southern edge of Echo Park is scheduled to open on August 1, and when it does, the plans say it will have a waterfall, a stream, and chairs that look like boulders. Rugged!

319 Patton Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026