West Adams Heights Park a Charming Addition to Our Community

A bit north of the 10 Freeway on Normandie Avenue, just south of Washington Blvd. a dismal empty lot stood for endless years. In 2013 the city's Department of Recreation and Parks teamed with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) and the local block club, the West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, to turn this odd little spot into a marvelous pocket park. City Council President Herb Wesson was also strongly committed to the idea of the park.

The lot is only 4,000 square feet, and that a narrow strip fronting Normandie Avenue at Cordova Street. Ground breaking took place in August 2013, as part of Rec and Parks' 50 Parks Initiative. It opened to the public on December 7, 2014. My wife Jennifer and I have noticed it every time we drive up Normandie and this morning finally parked to walk through.

The little park is flanked by Craftsman-style river-rock pillars connected by a sturdy wrought iron fence, a perfect match to the historic West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhood, which dates from the late 1890s, with most of its homes built before the end of World War I.

 The park has a combination lock on the gate, and is open from sunrise to sunset. It is filled with benches to sit on, California drought resistant native plants, exercise machines for adults, and for children a climbing structure and marimba-like metal tube instruments to make some music on. There is even a metal case holding a Little Free Library - people should drop by to donate some books! - Leslie Evans, 2-22-2015.