L.A. Stars Are a Hit at Richardson Family Park
Hundreds of volunteers join NBA basketball stars Baron Davis, Paul Pierce, and Gilbert Arenas, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonion Villaraigosa, for Legacy Day of Service at community park.
More than 200 volunteers, neighbors, dignitaries, and media gathered at the Richardson Family Park at the corner of 27th Street and Budlong Avenue August 4 for a Legacy Day of Service. The event was funded and sponsored by L.A. Stars, the charitable organization founded by NBA basketball stars Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors, Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics, and Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards. The three were present, where they helped repaint the fence, work on a cloth mural, take photos with local kids. The event was broadly cosponsored, by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, which it taking over management of the park; the Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council, which had donated $20,000 to repaint the park's 135 foot mural; USC, which had made a new grant to help fund ongoing programming for the neighborhood kids, and several local block clubs.
The park, which opened in 1999, was built by the community in collaboration with USC and several nonprofit organizations, especially the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.
On August 4, volunteers built new wood planter benches and picnic tables, sanded and repainted the tall grill fence that surrounds the park, while children put a coat of bright purple paint on a low concrete wall surrounding park plantings. Food was served to the volunteers, while speeches were made by the NBA players, Mayor Villaraigosa, City Councilmember Bernard Parks, and others.