Los Angeles County Development Authority

The Magic of Community Change

On March 9, 2019, Los Angeles County officials joined in the groundbreaking celebration for Phase 1A of Magic Johnson Park. The first of a six phase Master Plan, the park upgrade will improve 30 acres of the 126-acre park and include a new LEED Gold event center, wedding lawn, walking paths, picnic areas, exercise course, a children’s splash pad, and play areas. Water conservation will be realized through a unique stormwater capture and recycling system that will divert water runoff from surrounding neighborhoods to the site where the water will be cleaned in a treatment plant, and stored in the two existing lakes before being used to irrigate the balance of the park landscaping.

The park’s landmark, the event center, will add a significant building presence, being visible from many vantage points. The event center will also provide expanded educational and community-oriented services to residents of South Los Angeles.

The LACDA is overseeing the development of the $70 million project made possible by the office of Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Once completed, in 2020, the park will be operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.