Maywood Avenue Park

Mosaic dragon at Maywood Avenue Park, Los Angeles
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Julia Stotz

The Trust for Public Land is developing on a new third of an acre park on Maywood Avenue, at the heart of California's most densely populated, and park-poor city, located on the edge of the Los Angeles River, and surrounded by heavy industrial areas. To make sure that the locals got the park they really wanted, The Trust for Public Land team, in partnership with the City of Maywood, Union de Vecinos and Padres Unidos de Maywood reached out to the people living close by, holding five workshops where they could establish their priorities for this precious open space.

The finished design is both eclectic and welcoming, with a mini sports field next to a shady plaza, and a playground with a 33-foot-long mosaic dragon that overlooks a simple skateboard spot. Maywood Avenue Park is slated to be completed in winter of 2015.

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