Woodcrest Play Park
Park Need, Access and Benefits On November 18, 2019, the brand new Woodcrest Play Park opened to the public. This innovative project involved the transformation of previously underutilized space at Woodcrest Library to a vibrant public park, and is the result of a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Library and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The park consists of a children’s play area with book-themed elements, a seating area with USB and laptop charging stations, an outdoor fitness zone with exercise equipment, and over 1,500 new drought-tolerant plants. Woodcrest Play Park is located in the unincorporated community of Westmont, which has a population of about 33,000 residents and a very high level of park need per the 2016 Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment. The park’s opening was a grand celebration with over 200 attendees, including both kids and adults who were overjoyed with this new attraction. The creation of this park has increased the percentage of Westmont residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park from 35 percent to 57 percent, which translates to an additional 7,000 residents, including 2,000 youth, being able to access a nearby park.