A historically underserved port community of Los Angeles was skeptical about converting an abandoned gas station and adjacent arroyo into a neighborhood park and restored natural canyon, The San Pedro Welcome Park. The property was being used for illegal dumping and drug trafficking and has been a community concern and eyesore for years.
CCLR provided funds to facilitate a community outreach program and conceptual design for the park.
The community embraced the idea of a park and created a Neighborhood Watch program and organized neighborhood cleanup weekends. The project acquired funding for acquisition and construction. The park is now complete and a source of pride for the community.
With small but strategically applied amounts of financial and technical assistance, a neighborhood can create a significant community benefit.