Wishing Tree Park gets a festive groundbreaking at formerly contaminated site near Torrance

By Nick Green of The Daily Breeze.

LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas joins neighbors and Del Amo Action Committee members for a groundbreaking ceremony of Wishing Tree Park in Torrance on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

Los Angeles nonprofit group the Del Amo Action Committee hosted a groundbreaking Saturday for a new eight-acre park on a formerly contaminated industrial site in an unincorporated county area near Alpine Village just outside of Torrance that’s considered park-poor. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led the groundbreaking ceremony, which included a block party, a health fair and carnival games.
By the spring of 2020, the 8.5-acre Wishing Tree Park — with its planned 233 new trees, ball field, exercise equipment, basketball and futsal (a variation on soccer) courts and a half-mile of walking trails — will open near Del Amo Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.
The nonprofit Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust is building the park at a cost of $10 million, using state grants and voter-approved park funding. Shell Global, the former owner of the site, donated the remediated property to the land trust in 2015, while the Coastal Conservancy and California Natural Resources Agency provided the money. The land conservancy’s goal is to ensure every county resident lives within a half-mile of a park, said
Chandelle Wiebe, the nonprofit’s director of development and communications.

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