A long-delayed plan to turn a vacant lot at the intersection of Western and Gage Avenues in South Los Angeles is finally moving forward, per a staff Department of Recreation and Parks staff report.

The Western Gage Community Park project, initially approved in 2011, was dealt a setback not long afterward through the dissolution of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The use of CRA/LA excess bond funds helped realize one component of the project, a playground and landscaping at the southeast corner of the intersection which opened in 2021. Now, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), which is partnering with the city on the project, has secured funding to complete the second and final component of the park.

Future site of Western Gage Median ParkGoogle Maps

A rendering of the new park, planned for a triangular parcel bounded by Western to the west, and two segments of Gage Avenue to the north and south, show a landscaped space with trees, pathways, seating, a large plaza, fitness equipment, and transit shelters.

Albert A. Webb Associates is designing the project, according to plans included with the staff report.

LANI is funding the project through a more than $1-million grant, per the staff report.

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